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A name is of a certain type. Some types are predefined:
* Birth Name: Name given at birth to a child
Within a name type, you have several fields to identify uniquely the name.
The family name is the part of the name that remains the same from parent (father) to child.
In the person view, people are sorted based on this family name. In the case of cultures which do not use family names, one can use the grouping feature in the Name editor to design a name under which to group people from the same family (eg, the patronymic).
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A title given to this person. Titles often accompany names on all official documents, eg Sir, Dr., ...
Furthermore, one can add extra names in the names tab of this editor. To switch a new name to be the standard name, one needs to use the context menu (right click on the name), and select 'Save as default name'.
Nicknames can be handled in two ways; either as a name type: Add Name, overwrite 'Birth Name' with 'Nickname' in the name Type, or use the AKA default name type.