Re: Full Name as Composite Attribute

From: Leif B. Kristensen <>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 22:05:11 +0200
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David Cressey rose and spake:

> When would you want to decompose the name into subcomponents?

At least in my Norwegian genealogy work it makes a lot of sense to decompose names into separate parts. Until about 1900, the majority of Norwegian common folks had no surnames. Instead, they used the given name plus patronym and/or place of living as identifiers. As a patronym literally tells the name of the person's father, this is a genealogical piece of information. The "place of living" or toponym as it's often called, is also a very useful piece of information.

Given names, patronyms, toponyms, as well as proper surnames, all bear a semantic significance. But the rules by which each of these should be interpreted are of course widely different. A genealogy database that doesn't treat different name parts for what they are, is of less value for the researcher than one that does.

Leif Biberg Kristensen
Received on Mon Mar 28 2005 - 22:05:11 CEST

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