#519 Need to be able to *directly* edit the NAME field


I am working with a GEDCOM file where for many names,
the surname is listed first, followed by the middle
name, and then the given name. Example:

0 @I2@ INDI
1 NAME /Surname2/ Middle2 Given2
2 GIVN Given2 Middle2
2 SURN Surname2

Currently, I'm having to submit the entry, then
double-back and use the "edit raw GEDCOM record"
feature to fix the format of the NAME field. It would
be great if I could directly edit the full name field
in the "Add person" form. Can we have an option to do this?

In case people are wondering, this is perfectly legal
GEDCOM. Here is an excerpt from the GEDCOM standard:

The surname of an individual, if known, is enclosed
between two slash (/) characters. The order of the name
parts should be the order that the person would, by
custom of their culture, have used when giving it to a
recorder. [...]

Examples :
William Lee (given name only or surname not known)
/Parry/ (surname only)
William Lee /Parry/
William Lee /Mac Parry/ (both parts (Mac and Parry) are
surname parts
William /Lee/ Parry (surname imbedded in the name string)


  • KosherJava

    KosherJava - 2006-06-20

    Logged In: YES

    Has this been implemented in 4.0?

  • KosherJava

    KosherJava - 2006-06-20
    • assigned_to: nobody --> yalnifj
  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2006-06-20
    • status: open --> closed-works-for-me
  • John Finlay

    John Finlay - 2006-06-20

    Logged In: YES

    Yes, you can directly edit the name field by collapsing
    the sub-name fields by clicking on the little "-" image
    next to the name.


  • Kartik Subbarao

    Kartik Subbarao - 2006-06-24

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    But doing this (editing the name fields when the sub-name
    fields are collapsed) messes up the sub-name fields! For
    example, putting the following in NAME:

    /Surname/ Middle Given

    will put "Middle First" in the SUFFIX, which is totally
    wrong. I need to be able to independently edit the full
    name, Given Name and Surname independently. It is not
    possible with these names to compute one from the other.


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