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#1 mfseeker

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:00 PM

How do you indicate that the second (or third) given name of a person it their usual name? It is not a nickname.

#2 Nettie

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:27 PM

How do you indicate that the second (or third) given name of a person it their usual name? It is not a nickname.


Some have used caps on the Second name. Looks funny but works.

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#3 Owler

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:34 PM

I just repeat the given name as a nickname. So, if John Jacob Smith is known as Jacob, it would read as:

John Jacob "Jacob" SMITH

It may look redundant, but to me, that makes it clear what his given names were and what name he was known by.

#4 Laura

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:53 PM

Another possibility is to use the Alternate name fact with the name he went by as the given name.

#5 Alfred

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 05:18 PM

Why not just surround that preferred middle name with quotation marks or something when you enter the name?
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#6 John_of_Ross_County

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:13 PM

I just repeat the given name as a nickname. So, if John Jacob Smith is known as Jacob, it would read as:

John Jacob "Jacob" SMITH

It may look redundant, but to me, that makes it clear what his given names were and what name he was known by.

I have relatives who went by their first initial and middle name. For the example given, I would use J.[John] Jacob SMITH.