Hello, thank you for this software. I am wondering how to most effectively track Indian names using GRAMPS, or if this functionality exists. Here is the situation.
My ancestry is from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tamils historically did not use surnames since many people lived in small villages. They used the name of the ancestral village, the patronym, and then their given name. All focus is placed on the given name and the other names are initialized or not mentioned.
Tamil names usually follow this pattern: Village name, Patronym, Given Name. (Example: E.V. Ramasamy, where E stands for Erode city, and V stands for Venkatappa, the father’s name. There is a widespread usage of a patronym (use of the father’s first name as the second name). This means that the first name of one generation becomes the second name of the next.
People in Tamil Nadu view the practice of adding the full family name to an individual’s name to be a heretic practice, as according to their beliefs, the individual’s heritage does not trump his or her own identity. And hence they are known to only use initials besides their name.
My grandparents’ generation followed this convention. My parents’ generation also followed this convention. My parents immigrated to the US from India, and my father maintained his name order. Therefore, my father’s given name is listed as his legal surname in America, and his patronym is his legal first name. My father’s given name is also my mother’s legal surname.
For myself, I follow American naming order. Therefore, my given name is first, and I inherited my father’s given name as my surname. Example (names are changed, given name bolded):
Grandfather = NYC Johnson Albert (village name, patronym, given name)
Father = Albert Thomas (patronym, given name)
Mother = Mary Thomas (given name, husband’s given name)
Me = stylo Thomas (given name, patronym)
My question is, how do I effectively track this in the name editor? If I input my father’s given name in the box for “given”, it assumes this name comes first. If I input his given name in the Surname box, there is no space to indicate his patronym, and an empty comma before. There is no option for indicating a Village Name, which should come before any other name.
Can custom name fields be created for things like Village Name? Is there an option to define a custom name order? Do other Indians have thoughts on using this software with our naming conventions?
Please let me know if this topic should be moved to another forum like feature requests.
(AIO64-5.1.4-1 on Windows 10)