Need Advice on Arabic Naming Conventions

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Hugh Percy 10th Duke of Northumberlands granddaughter married Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud  A member of the House of Saud the son of  Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the son of Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1924-2011)  سلطان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود‎), Sultan al-Khair(سلطان الخير‎, )

I am not seeing any rules in the wiki and I need advice on how to enter these families into the tree with different naming conventions.  Thanks.


WikiTree profile: Hugh Percy
in Policy and Style by Brett Bayely G2G6 (7.9k points)
retagged by Liz Shifflett

Hi! I try to collect what project-related guidelines on naming conventions I can find in one place:

I haven't seen anything specific to Arabic names, and I don't believe there is a project that covers Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud

WikiTree's general name field guidelines say to "use their conventions instead of ours." So... it would seem that Arabic should be used. Looking under the tag "Arabic" I found related G2G posts:



Hope that helps a little.

following Category:Projects down to various subcategories & project pages, I discovered a bit about Arabic Conventions posted by the Indonesia Project on [this page]:

3. Arabic Convention. Since Islam is the dominant religion in Indonesia, some names have followed the Arabic patronymic naming system with "bin" for son of and "binti" for daughter of. In these cases, the Cymru guidelines will be followed. The LNAB for Ahmad bin Abdullah would be "bin Abdullah", and the "b" would be entered lower case. (7/30/2016)


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In Iraq for example, the regular way of naming is (if I remember correctly):

First name, father's name, grandfather's name, tribe name.

So, Mohammed, son of Khalil, grandson of Omar, trib of Al Khalid is:

Mohammed Khalil Omar Al Khalid.

If he had a son Adam, he would be:

Adam Mohammed Khalil Al Khalid.
by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by SJ Baty

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