I of course understand this as well, I think it was discussed somewhere though or maybe it was mentioned in posts, while we were working on these families, anyway I started using this also because it looked like a pretty clever way/solution, just like Carrie and others I guess. So a field and something universal we all can agree on of course would be better and great .
For profiles that have patronymics and names repeated over and over for many generations and families with a lot of children and a lot of children that didn't survive infancy or childhood, it is very helpful if, like in the example Carrie showed, you in one look at the family can see if children are duplicates or not, otherwise it often means you have to click around a lot and sometimes keep checking and clicking to prevent maybe making a mistake. (because of the repeated names mistakes are made very easy.)
And this also was why Carole started this G2G ? : Quite a few merges are proposed incorrectly for families who have had several children of the same name.
And noticed people wondering about why people named the children after children that passed away so to explain it a bit more. If the Dutch naming system was used this would mean, if for example the first son, named after his grandfather died in infancy, the next son probably would again be named after the same grandfather.
So the children were not named after the sibling that passed away, people just made sure the grandparents were honored by naming their children after them and their names would be passed on for many many generations. It really worked well, in my family some members still have the exact same name(s) our ancestors had so many (hundreds) years ago, although sometimes I have been wondering why on earth someone would give three or more children this name over and over again after loosing all previous children with this name as well of course.....