Just a question for pondering, in our copious free time. My understanding of the style guidelines is that it is correct to split names.
In the regions where I'm tracking lines (U.S. South), there are lots of people who are named after famous or locally prominent people.
So you get individuals named "George Washington Smith" and "Thomas Jefferson Jones" for examples.
You also see "John Wesley So-and-So"s and "Charles Pinckney Whatevers", children named after people who were prominent at the time but are not widely recognized today.
I also see people named after prominent people in the region who were never famous, but the names tell us something about where the family ways, and whom the family considered important (or to whom they owed a favor) at the time the child was born.
And, of course, we see children named after ancestors and other relatives -- very useful for connecting related family groups to each other.
I find myself hesitant to split these prominent names, because splitting them feels like breaking up their genealogical significance. One could drop a footnote in the bio about what the name appears to mean, but we are unlikely to find primary sources explicitly connecting the family's naming decision to the prominent person. And we probably don't want footnotes explaining who "Thomas Jefferson" is glommed onto hundreds of profiles across WikiTree.
And the individual almost never was walking around being called "Thomas Jefferson". He shows up in the census as "Thomas J. So-and-So", and is referred to by his friends as "Jeff". And our system handles that kind of variation fairly well.
However, a "John Wesley" is probably from a Methodist family, which can be a significant lead in the absence of other records. For genealogy purposes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And my sense is that there would be a way for the WikiTree database to structurally reflect that significance without having to include bios-within-bios to do it.
Does anybody else feel like this about name combos that convey information about the family? It would be another reason for more flexibility in the given name fields, if that's possible to do while still keeping the search functional.