Name for person's names

+8 votes

In new dump we have 4 fields for first name, as they are entered in Wikitree.

First Name
Preferred Name
Middle Name

With errors I will use this names when referencing them.

Then we have Joined names - all 4 together. How should we call that, so there is no confusion. This are my ideas.

Names - (short but not really clear what it is)

All names - (best idea for now)

Person's names - (has apostrophe in it)

Personal names - (ok)

Any other ideas or comments on suggested ones.


in WikiTree Tech by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (671k points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry
Are there any rules about Nicknames?  Off-hand I wouldn't have thought they could be checked or used in any way.

A common phrase for the other 3 would be "Given names".

I suggest we move in the direction of a standard that is used outside WikiTree

2 Answers

+2 votes
I think calling it "Joined Names" avoids confusion.
by John Elkin G2G6 Mach 8 (84.3k points)
I think it is called "Full Name".
Full name is already used for name + last name.

Q1071027 personal name (all properties of a person)

Given name is used for First Name or sometimes called Forename.

Michael Lee Stills

[Given, Forename, First] [Middle] [Surname, Last Name, Family Name]

I understand that some names, such as those in Dutch, a Given name can be two names and many people have multiple names which are generally relegated to middle names after the first name.

Related.  When someone has multiple middle names, I use a comma between them but this now shows up as an error. I believe I am to check this off as a false error?
+1 vote
I can't think of a set/subset of these 4 which couldn't be found usefully in various orders.  Admittedly you'd like to the :"first name" on an appropriate document, but lots of times you don't have it so you go with what is actually a preferred or nick name.  And we could add more more categories like preferred version of middle name , but why bother.  A set or suggestions on how to choose what category to put a particular appellation in is probably all we need.  Probably errors in spelling are probably useful to most members, but will, of course, have lots of false errors so is say Bil as a nickname for William rather than Bill is probably useful, but Ann for Anne is impossible and Sou for Sue might not be useful as I think it might be a French term and not related to Susan or Susanna at all.  but i think you've been checking the occurrence rate for variants to decide which should be counted as errors already.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (410k points)

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