What is the proper way to list someone's name?

+4 votes
When I find information on someone  that lives in a non-English speaking  country, I use their home language name. When they move to an English speaking country I use whatever they called themselves in English. I do not know the translation. What is the Policy and Style on a persons name? Also I discovered a family of German descent and every male name was Hans. Maybe before adding a family like this example, maybe a manager can ask Q2Q to find out why? Especially if there are different managers of the profiles? I am sure everyone is doing their best but this would be a good place to have uniformity. Maybe even less duplicates also.
in Policy and Style by Jerry Dolman G2G6 Pilot (184k points)
retagged by Anthony McCabe

some projects refine WikiTree's overall guidelines. I don't know that the German Roots Project has done so. You can check with them by posting a comment on the project account profile (WikiTree-53).

Cheers, Liz

2 Answers

+7 votes
Best answer
This may not be the "official" policy, but the way I do it is by the name in their birth or christening record. Their name in the "foreign country" would be an "also known as" name. This is only my opinion. My reason for doing it this way is that their birth or christening name is the first name they were known as.
by Eugene C. Rasband G2G2 (3.0k points)
selected by Jerry Dolman
Eugene - You've got it. The official policy is that the "Last Name at Birth" (or LNAB) should be the name they were born with. Barring clerical sloppiness, birth or baptism records support the LNAB. If the family subsequently moved and adopted a different spelling/styling of the surname, that could be "Other Last Names" or "Current Last Name" (CLN). CLN should be the name used by the person at the end of their life. Frequently, marriage records will support a woman's CLN. Barring incorrect information provided, clerical sloppiness & tombstone errors, death certificates and cemetery records can support the CLN of both men and women.

Cheers, Liz
+2 votes
Here's the section in the help file that addresses the subject.  You may find this helpful for at least some of your issues:

by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (575k points)

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