Kia ora Koutou e hoa ma, e nga kaihanga o "Te Rakaunui" o te Ao! , which translates as ... Greetings to you all - friends, builders of the Big Tree of the World.
My Question relates to my Maori Surnames that have two words, to be precise they have the prefix of 'Te', such as 'Te Kaho'. How should this be entered?
TeKaho | Te-Kaho | Te_Kaho
I have been using a hyphen, the 2nd example, because of my own double banger surname. My birth surname was Howie. However I was raised by my Maternal Grandparents, Haywards, with no sons only daughters, so I legally changed my name by Deedpoll to Hayward-Howie. However, there are no double banger names traditionally ... "Te Kaho" as a name is written as it is, two words.
Surnames with "Te" are prevalent in Maori names. A simple translation for Te, is The, but it modifies the word as well... such as Wera means hot, but Te Wera means : The Heat. Te is also used to denote prestige, by its use, to make it formal.
Okay, sorry, waffling, is there a convention for two word surnames that I can use as a guide.
Training myself as a Data Doctor, 16 out of my 18 suggestions are related to the spellng of Maori words, which I was quite pleased with, especially because none of them were spelt wrong, just spelt Maori.