Re: Full Name as Composite Attribute
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 22:05:11 +0200
David Cressey rose and spake:
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 http://solumslekt.org/Received on Mon Mar 28 2005 - 22:05:11 CEST