Adding a lot of 18th and 19th century German relatives, I also came accross several noble families with the "von" prefix in their family name. This is not an addition/explanation to the family name like in "Gertrud Staël von Holstein". Here the family name is Staël and "von Holstein" is a suffix, explaining their origin.
In my case it is rather like in "Eduard von Moltke". Here the "von" is a regular prefix and it belongs to the family name
I was wondering if it is correct to put the "von" in the LNAB field? In the project reccomendations for "European Aristocrats" I found the Name Fields guideline, stating "The common ... ‘von’, ‘van’ before a surname does not go in the LNAB field; it goes with the surname in the Current Last Name field while the surname, ONE word, goes in the LNAB."
This does not feel right for me, as the "von" is an official part of the surname (even nowadays people have it like that in their passports). Especially when thinking of women, who were born "von" and later married, the Current Last Name Field would probably show their husband's name, but where would the "von" of their maiden name be visible? Or is that naming guideline only applicable for older profiles?
I have seen many profiles with "von XXX" in the LNAB. I would also prefer doing it that way.
Can anybody please advise? I do not want to make mistakes here, as the LNAB cannot be changed later.
Jochen from Germany