Merge under what name?

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I am working on a list for the spouses of the Swedish Monarchs. I had a profile for Erik av Pommern (Erik from Pomerania) but none for his wife so I searched for her mother's maiden name and found an existing profile that way. Now the problem is that she already had a profile of her husband attached to her so now we need to merge the two Eriks.

The question is now what LNAB Erik should have. Neither Norway or Pommern are suitable as LNAB, right? Then Pommern is better, right? But that is the Swedish version of the name.
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in Genealogy Help by Lena Svensson G2G6 Mach 4 (49.5k points)

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The dukes of Pomerania were of Slavic descent but Pommern was a Holy Roman Empire territory from the 12th century on. The dynastic name for the family was in German Greifen, in Polish Gryfici (House of Griffins translated into English). Greifen was used by the family itself since the 15th century. Early on the family was having ties with other Slavic ruling families but this changed to mostly German marriages later. For deciding on an LNAB both Greifen/Gryfici and Pommern/Pomorze should be considered and a decision based on what language to use needs to be made.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (534k points)
selected by Lena Svensson
Thank you Helmut!!

Since this is early in the history shouldn't the Slavic name be used? Isn't the family name Greifen or Gryfici better than Pommern/Pomorze? Or should we let it stay Pommern so that not too many changes are made?
The Dukes of Pomerania, started marrying into mostly German families from about 1250, so well before Erich/Erik.

I think based on their close ties to Germany, as members of the Holy Roman Empire, and eventually a part of the Kingdom of Prussia, I would go with German names at least during this period.  The Euroaristo naming policy is to use the dynasty name, though there are many profiles that use the geographic names.  

Incidentally in Europaische Stammtafeln, book 3 it has Erich with the name Bogislaw in brackets, perhaps he was originally called B and then changed his name once he inherited or became heir to the Scandinavian thrones?

Neue Deutsche Biographie has him born Bogislaw, b. 1381/82, moved his residence to Denmark and took on the name Erich 1388/89.

Changed first name at birth to Bogislaw
There is still a merge needed with Norway-74. How can that be closed? It still splits his wife's line up.
Merged them

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