Naming Conventions

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This is a Merge Project page, but NOT meant only for those projects.

As part of the effort to coordinate the many Merge Projects in the historical parts of the "big-tree" (or regardless of them), this page will attempt to propose a standard generic naming convention to be shared among them.

Initially the page will be a bit of a mess, as we combine the different existing Naming Conventions sections of the various projects, but this should settle down soon...

Norman Naming Conventions:

  • Main principle: Name as close to original name as possible, language, geography and time period to be taken into consideration
    • French names for French people (thus: Richard I 'Sans-Peur' de Normandie, not Richard I 'the Fearless' of Normandy)
    • Titles usually go in the Last Name field
    • Additional titles in Work with year frame
    • Adjust First Name field to avoid misunderstandings or mistaken identity where necessary, by adding order/number or byname.
    • Patronymics in the Middle Name field if applicable
    • Maiden Names are normally avoided as there were none at the time
    • All names a person is known by in any source listed in Nicknames: bynames (especially in English), additional titles, variations.

Viking & Nordic Naming Conventions:

  • Main principles: Name as close to original name as possible, language, geography and time period to be taken into consideration
    • Nordic names for Nordic people
    • Titles usually go in the Last Name field
    • Patronymics in the Middle Name field
    • Adjust First Name field to avoid misunderstandings or mistaken identity where necessary, by adding order/number, byname, or patronymic if necessary
    • Maiden names are normally avoided as there were none at the time
    • All names a person is known by in any source listed in Nicknames: bynames, titles, variations

Anglo Saxon Naming Conventions:

  • Name as close to original name as possible, language, geography and time period to be taken into consideration
    • Anglo-Saxon names for Anglo-Saxon people (see the FMG-site listed above for info if unsure)
    • Titles usually go in the Last Name field
    • Additional titles in Work with year frame
    • Adjust First Name field to avoid misunderstandings or mistaken identity where necessary, by adding order/number or byname.
    • Maiden names are normally avoided as there were none at the time
    • All names a person is known by in any source listed in Nicknames: bynames (especially in English), additional titles, variations.
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