What to do with names with umlaut vowels which change with nationality

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Good evening 

In honour of the selection of the new Cardinals, I added our historical family one, Jan Kazimierz (von Dönhoff) Denhoff (1649 - 1697)

I saw the vocational category for the first time so he appears now on the list of Cardinals 

The issue is of course around the name with the Germanic vowel "ö" which disappears as oe or e in some other languages like Polish-Lithuanian and Italian as families split

In MH I will start putting a house name in the back end which is searchable by their offline tool 

I have tried a solution here - does anyone have a suggestion on how to handle it better?


WikiTree profile: Jan Denhoff
in Policy and Style by Lloyd de Vere Hunt G2G6 Mach 1 (16.3k points)
Is there a particular reason you can't just choose a single language for his name? (Polish would seem most appropriate.)

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LNAB is what is on his birth or baptismal record--regardless of language.  Other last names can include other language versions.
by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (156k points)
But keep in mind that for people this far back it is common that no birth or baptismal record has survived. As a secondary problem spelling was often not seen as a concern before 1800 and you can even find the same surnames spelled different ways in the same entries. For these types of reasons we sometimes need a backup plan about what spelling to prefer.
+5 votes

Is there any indication he was born/baptized von Dönhoff? I find his branch of the family referred to as Denhoff since the middle of the 16th century.

As an aside:

According to our Location Field Style Guide Place names, and even boundaries, change over time. They also have different names in different languages. We aim to use the name that was used by the people in that place, at the time of the event you're recording.

by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (472k points)

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