TMGW Name Styles
Name Styles is a new feature beginning with TMGW v6.0. You may create specific styles to help you enter names or places when those are different than the default styles furnished with TMGW. As Custom Styles are created and suggested, they will be posted here in order that you may further refine your use of TMG. The suggested Custom Styles below indicate only the changes from the standard Styles furnished with TMG v6.
The standard Name Style furnished with TMG is "US Standard." While this works well for most users concerned with persons in the US, some users in the U.S. who enter data for ancestors born in other countries and many TMG users in other countries and cultures find that they need to create their own Name Styles. To a great degree, these Custom Name Styles are personally designed and not widely publicized. I suspect that part of the reason that Custom Name Styles are not widely distributed is that unlike Place Styles (which only have a single template), Name Styles have six different templates. Some Names Styles may only consist of the standard name part variables but in different arrangements. Other Custom Name Styles will have custom created name part variables and different templates. For example, a user may create a Custom Name Style using a custom name part variable called "Honorific" instead of the standard variable "Title" or "Prefix". Those creating their own Custom Name Styles may send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for posting here with credit to the person sending it.
So far the only Custom Name Style that has been discussed is one for use with nobility and royalty in the United Kingdom and western Europe. Even so, there is no real consensus for such a Name Style although the Custom "Royal" Name Style below is a hybrid of some of these discussions. It is presented for what it is worth.
Royal Name Style
|Item||Description and examples|
|Label 1||Style -- HRH, HSH, HM|
|Label 2||Rank -- Prince, Queen, King, Captain, Dr., Admiral, Sir, Lady|
|Label 3||GivenName - full given names -- Elizabeth Mary Alexandra|
|Label 4||PreSurname - (if capped, enter in House) -- von, de, le|
|Label 5||House (surname) -- Windsor, Saxe-Coberg, LeClerc, DeSpencer|
|Label 6||Suffix or Count -- Jr, Sr, I, II, III, VC, PhD, LLD, KCB|
|Label 7||Realm -- of England, of Spain|
|Label 8||SortHouse (sortsurname) -- Windsor, Saxe-Coberg|
|Label 9||SortGiven -- Elizabeth|
|Output Template||[Style] [Rank] [GivenName] [PreSurname] [House] [Suffix] [Realm]|
|Output Example||HRH Queen Elizabeth Mary Alexandra Windsor I of England|
|Surname Sort Template||[SortHouse] [PreSurname], [SortGiven] [Style] [Rank] [Suffix] [Realm]|
|Surname Sort Example||Windsor , Elizabeth HRH Queen I of England|
|Surname Display Template||[House] ([PreSurname]), [GivenName] [Style] [Rank] [Suffix] [Realm]|
|Surname Display Examples||Windsor
, Elizabeth Mary Alexandra HRH Queen I of England
Despenser (le), Hugh The Most Reverend Bishop of Norwich
|Given Sort Template||[SortGiven] [Suffix] [PreSurname] [SortHouse], [Style] [Rank] [Realm]|
|Given Sort Example||Elizabeth I Windsor, HRH Queen of England|
|Given Display Template||[GivenName] [Suffix] [PreSurname] [House], [Style] [Rank] [Realm]|
|Given Display Example||Elizabeth Mary Alexandra I Windsor, HRH Queen of England|
|Children/Sibling Display Template||[Style] [Rank] [GivenName] [PreSurname] [House] [Suffix] [Realm]|
|Children/Sibling Display Example||HRH Queen Elizabeth Mary Alexandra Windsor I of Englan|
Since many persons for which this is designed either do not have a surname as we know it, they often are associated with and effectively use a descriptive name (i.e., the Great, the Conqueror, "Longshanks", etc.) and thus these are often used in place of a Surname. Others adopt and/or are associated with a house name, i.e., Windsor, Hapsburg, etc.). Still others are only associated with a place, e.g., John of Gaunt. Thus, the House (or surname) for some will remain blank or have an entry that is not usually seen for someone of today.
Note above that the PreSurname is sometimes displayed in parentheses which, if the PreSurname is left blank, do not print. Note also that the comma entered in the template when the PreSurname is left blank produces an un-desired space which may easily be removed in a report generated to a word processor.
Disclaimer: While this is presented for users to consider, it should be noted that I am not an expert on royalty and/or nobility. While my data set does include some persons who had various noble and royal titles, each of those lines is based on research by others and is included only with the knowledge that since I have not done any verification (except to try and detect where there is disagreement). Thus I am strictly going one what seems to be normal U.S. public knowledge of styling of the nobility. Thus the above is presented for the purpose of generating discussions and maybe eventually coming up with a consensus for a Royal Name Style or possibly a number of Custom Name Styles for Royalty and/or nobility. Different countries, cultures, and or time periods may dictate that a single such Custom Name Style is not useful, but that many be created.
Some users have created Custom Styles. If you have created a Custom Style, let me know and I will post it on the Custom Name Styles page. If your Custom Name is different from the above, do let me know as I will note the differences. These differences will allow everyone to see what others are using and may lead to discussion about the merits of each. This discussion may then result in a consensus for a de facto standard that most users will find helpful.
Go to: Place Styles
Comments to: Lee Hoffman/KY
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