So, I am still unsure what to do with the names, mostly of royalty and aristocacy.
1. When trying to find an ancestor, having only one spelling of the name can mean we don't find everyone. Is there another way to search?
2. the "de" meaning "of" ( as in "de Callendar," "de Bruce") was initially not given to everyday fiolk, but only to nobility. While removing it simplifies merging (de Bruce becomes Bruce) , we lose at the same time the nomenclature that signifies their high status. We ought to keep the "de" someplace in the profile, if not in the name, perhaps in the aka?
3. MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE: I have not been able to find a protocol for something like this: "Sir John, 4th High Lord of Linlithgow" (a made up identity). What do we put for the last name? Linlithgow? "Unknown" is not a happy option. In some other genealogy systems, NN is used, but that could be as difficult as "unk" to parse out. Where does the "Sir" and the "Lord" go: title? first name? preferred name? aka? suffix? I see every different kind of placement in profiles.
I would really like to have my profiles consistent with the best presentation. i just don't know what it is.