First name spelling change

+5 votes
I intend to expand biography and sources for Lee Roy Chambers.

Individual is listed as Leroy in first census.  But, in his home area, 'Leroy' is a pejorative.  In all later instances, his name is either Lee Roy, Lee R or simply Lee.  

I have considered the census listing as a misspelling and he is listed as 'Lee Roy' in first name in this profile created by someone else.  People, including family never called him 'Leroy', only 'Lee' although his granddaughter tells me his name really is 'Leroy'.  Should 'Roy' be put in as middle name instead of included in first name?

Once I figure this out, I'll put the details into Biography.
WikiTree profile: LeRoy Chambers
in Policy and Style by Peggy McMath G2G6 Mach 4 (40.1k points)

1 Answer

+2 votes

Good question, Peggy.

IMHO, wikitree should document people, including their names. If you yield to the way others use words for reasons of ridicule, prejudice or hatred, you're validating those who assign bad connotations to the names of good people. If you yield, those people may say: "See? Prejudice works!"

by Bruce Veazie G2G6 Mach 5 (57.9k points)

Related questions

+2 votes
1 answer
+1 vote
1 answer
74 views asked Jan 12, 2014 in Genealogy Help by anonymous
+9 votes
2 answers
48 views asked Dec 21, 2022 in The Tree House by Vickie Bellus G2G Crew (400 points)
+6 votes
1 answer
65 views asked Sep 29, 2022 in The Tree House by Thomas Chambers G2G Crew (340 points)
+2 votes
3 answers
+9 votes
2 answers
92 views asked May 31, 2022 in The Tree House by Saundra George G2G Crew (400 points)
+3 votes
0 answers
+8 votes
1 answer

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright