Hello Johan and
For ages in parts of
Europe (maybe in other places as well?) only few people had family
The people without it were
differentiated from others with the same 'Given Name' by using a
That's how you got
your 'Dirk Jansz' which means Dirk, the son of Jan.
Up to now I have
used the program Pro-Gen which handles patronymics very well.
Instead of the basic
two fields for a persons name ('Given' and 'Family') it has three fields
('Given', 'Patronymic' and 'Family'). All with the same
It has allowed me
and thousands of other users to work easily with many persons without
(out of the 32.000
people in my database, about 20.000 have no family name).
GRAMPS knows a
name item 'Patronymic' but apart from mentioning it in the window top bar
and using it in other places, unfortunately it is somewhat hidden in a
pop-up name editor window.
It would be much
better if in GRAMPS the 'Patronymic' would get the same status as 'Given'
and 'Family' and show up as one of the entries in the 'Prefered name' fields.
Maybe as on option?
It would certainly
make life a lot easier for the people who have many persons with only
patronymics in their database.
So I suggest to
'promote' the 'Patronymic' entry to the 'Prefered Name' section in the
Person-Window. Would that be possible?