I have relatives with the surname Elphinstone-Holloway. Is it correct to input the hyphen?

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Was surprised that the id came up as Elphinstone-Holloway-1.

WikiTree profile: Ismay Cleverdon
ago in WikiTree Help by Mike Eccles G2G Crew (390 points)

Surnames can be hyphenated; if so, they should be input as hyphenated on the relevant individual's profile.

The image of Ismay's contemporary baptism registration shows the hyphenated surname for the family. Unless a contemporary birth registration is found showing a different birth surname, her birth surname is correct per WikiTree's general naming guidelines (my interpretation, at least).

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The first question you would need to ask, is can you verify through primary sources (e..g, birth certificate, parish register, etc.) that her LNAB was indeed hyphenated?

If you can verify with minimal doubt that her her LNAB was indeed hyphenated, then it is entirely appropriate to include it as such.
ago by Steve Harris G2G6 Pilot (336k points)
selected ago by Laura Enomoto

A couple records to help you out, it appears Elphinstone-Holloway is correct as the LNAB:

*"England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL8D-RM64 : 16 August 2019), Ismay Agnes Mary Elphinstone-Holloway in entry for George Cleverdon, 17 Jan 1894; citing Littleham cum Exmouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom, The Devon Record Office, Exeter.

Name: George Cleverdon
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 17 Jan 1894
Event Place: Littleham cum Exmouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original): Littleham cum Exmouth, Devon, England
Residence Place: Littleham cum Exmouth
Gender: Male
Spouse's Name: Ismay Agnes Mary Elphinstone-Holloway
Spouse's Residence Place: Littleham cum Exmouth
Spouse's Gender: Female

"England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KC9G-1GP : 4 November 2017), Ismay Agnes Mary Elphinston, 1872, Baptism; from "Church of England parish registers 1538-1911," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Devon, archive reference , images provided by FamilySearch International.

Name: Ismay Agnes Mary Elphinston-Holloway
Event Type: Baptism
Event Date: 1872
Event Place: Devon

Sibling of Ismay in Devon Bishop's Transcripts:

"England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MS-183N : 15 March 2018), Justley Elphinstone-Holloway, Plymouth, Devon, England; citing Baptism, The Devon Record Office, Exeter.

Name: Justley Elphinstone-Holloway
Event Type: Baptism
Event Date: 02 Feb 1870
Event Place: Plymouth, Devon, England
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Cuthbert William Elphinstone-Holloway
Mother's Name: Caroline Elizabeth Elphinstone-Holloway
Provided an edit to the profile adding the above sources (minus the sibling's record).
Thanks Steve. I was/am certain of the hyphen. You will have noted in the records you kindly shared that there is inconsistent spelling of “Elphinstone” with and without the final “e”. Many records show the Elphinstone bit as an initial on its own. I’m struggling to share my sources as over the last decade or so I’ve developed a substantial and sourced tree in Ancestry. I was surprised that Ismay is the first E-H in the shared tree. The Elphinstones, Holloways, and E-H's were significant naval families. I’ve got big L plates on at present! Mike
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Marriage record uses hyphen

"England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DB5-V1N : 22 May 2014), Ismay Agnes M Elphinstone-Holloway, 1894; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast(http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1894, quarter 1, vol. 5B, p. 95, St. Thomas, Devon, England, General Register Office, Southport, England

"British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPCV-CVPT : 18 April 2019), Elphinstone-Holloway, Major in entry for George Cleverdon, Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom; records extracted FamilySearch and images digitized by FindMyPast; citing Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom, 23 Jan 1894, The British Newspaper Archive, Ireland; FHL microfilm .

ago by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (631k points)

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