Well I don't think it's a misunderstanding, it's just how it is in the Netherlands, so these are the facts, for Dutch people that is... no middle name was known and it still isn't, (see the lawsuit where you will find a whole explanation about it ;) ) so for the Dutch Profiles the names added as Joop explains is the most accurate .
Of course these are only guidelines and we totally understand it can be confusing, but ... so is a middle name for people from Countries that don't know or use middle names ?
I mean what is a middle name exactly, is it the same as our first names, but than added to the middle name field ? So the name(s) that come(s) in the middle (so between the call or preferred name and the last name ?) Looking at the Kruger profile I think that's how it is ? But .. if I read how the middle name for the Philippine woman is explained in the lawsuit (the meaning of it) I think it is a totally different use /meaning as how the middle name is used in the United States or South Africa and other Countries ?
It says :in the Philippines between the first name and the surname of the father often the mother's surname served as a middle name . The middle name has the function to distinguish people with the same first and last name of each other and as such a sui generis feature. hence the middle name has its origin or the genus name of the mother, but does not have the function of a last name.
If someone for example from America emigrates to the Netherlands, if he/she has a middle name, in the Dutch Civil registrations his middle name either is not kept at all or..it is added to the first names if he or she wants to keep the middle name. And so was the middle name of the Philippine woman (lawsuit), her middle name was actually the family name of mother, so she disagreed her middle name (mother's Family name) now was added to her first names and she disagreed and now filed a request for it to be added to the last name field.. but...this request was not granted, because of the Dutch naming laws, in the Netherlands as family name only the surname of the father is mentioned in a Dutch birth certificate and passport (of course if there is no known father the family name of mother is used)
The naming convention for every Country of course is different, and apparently so is the use and meaning of the middle name(s). So this explanation of the naming fields is only accurate and how it is according the Dutch naming convention/laws.
So it's not to make it more confusing, but to prevent confusion and make things absolutely clear for all members from all Countries, we now have added this explanation for the use of naming fields for Dutch profiles. ;) We before this only had the Glossary Netherlands where it all was explained in very short, but Joop has done a great job and has added some examples as well , we of course get many questions about this so I think it's wonderful to have it explained very well somewhere eeh :)
And If people emigrated to or were born for example in South Africa and/or became South African citizens later in life than of course using the South African naming conventions is correct as well, so Stephanus Johannes Paulus (Paul) "Oom Paul" Kruger is perfectly fine, a great profile by the way :)
And no need to correct things right away of course, it's just to prevent confusion and to explain and make clear why many (Dutch) profiles have all these names added to the first name field, sometimes people are moving them to the middle name field not knowing and understanding why on earth someone adds them all to the first name field ...I assume there are thousands of Dutch Profiles that still have the names added to the middle name field, maybe if they are imported all names maybe are or were, automatically added to the middle name field ?
And @ All, if it's easier or more pleasant we all of course can talk Dutch as well, sometimes it's easier especially if we try to explain complicated stuff and terms we don't use every day eeh :)
Still trying to figure out what Undutchability means ...please could someone explain...in Dutch ?? Must be a dumb and blond question but well :P