FAQ - How do nicknames work
How do nicknames work?
In GEDCOM 5.5, nicknames were included in the
NAME field, and
were surrounded by quotation marks. e.g.
1 NAME Martin "Chalky" /White/
In GEDCOM 5.5.1, nicknames were moved to a
NICK subfield. e.g.
1 NAME Martin /White/ 2 GIVN Martin 2 NICK Chalky 2 SURN White
Note that in the 5.5.1 specification, the nickname is only
included in a
NICK subfield. It is not included in the `NAME field.
webtrees recognises both formats. When the 5.5 format is encountered, the quotation marks are replaced with the appropriate quotation marks for the current language.
How do I include nicknames in the display name for the individual?
You need to include the nickname in the
Including it in the
NICK field is optional, but recommended.
1 NAME Martin "Chalky" /White/ 2 GIVN Martin 2 NICK Chalky 2 SURN White
Why doesn’t webtrees automatically copy the nickname into the display name?
In webtrees 1.x, the nickname was automatically inserted into the display name, before the surname.
In webtrees 2.0, this was removed. The logic fails for many languages and is not always appropriate.
- Some names are written surname first, and it is wrong to add the nickname before the surname. For example,
Professor /Papp/ László "nickname"
- Some nicknames are diminutive forms of one of the given names, and should be added after that name. For example,
Edward "Eddie" George /Jones/
- Some nicknames are only used by the immediate family, and it would be inappropriate to use them as part of the individual’s name.
- In some eastern naming conventions, it is not possible to fit a name into the
NPFX GIVN SPFX SURN SPFXformat, and the nickname field is used to capture other name parts.