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Preferred name section: icons & keybindings
[[File:EditPerson-top-sections-highlighted-example-50.png|right|thumb|400px|Fig. {{#var:chapter}}.{{#vardefineecho:figure|{{#expr:{{#var:figure}}+1}}}} "Preferred name" section (Highlighted in yellow) of "Edit Person" - dialog - example]]
The preferred or default name is the name that will be used in Gramps for the '[[Names_in_Gramps|name]]' of the person. You can set in the [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Settings#Display|Gramps Preferences]] how a name is displayed, and in most places generally you will see only the preferred name. Only detailed reports (textual and Narrative Web site generator) show also the alternate names. Note however that searching on a name will search need to put data in fields shown in all names attached to a person, not only the preferred namesection.
Only detailed reports (textual and Narrative Web site generator) show also the alternate names. Note however that searching on a name will search in all names attached to a person, not only the preferred name. The preferred name section contains the typical name information you will edit on upon creation of a person. Not all possible name information is shown hereTo reduce clutter, only the most used less frequently needed fields(for Multiple Surnames and Alternate Names) are hidden by default. To expand the section for Multiple Surnames, click the {{icon|Stock_add}} {{man button|Add}} button or use its [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Keybindings#Editor_bindings|keybinding]]. To see the full range of data you can store about a name, click the edit {{icon|Stock_edit}} {{man button|Edit}} button after in the lower right corner the {{man label|Preferred name}} labelsection or use its [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Keybindings#Editor_bindings|keybinding]]. This will show the [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Entering_and_editing_data:_detailed_-_part_3#Name_Editor|Name Editor]].
The name fields of the preferred name in the {{man label|Person Editor}} are:
*{{man label|Suffix}}, an optional suffix to the name, such as ''Jr.'' or ''III''
*{{man label|Surname}}, the part of a person's name indicating the family to which the person belongs.
** Selecting the {{man button|+ Use Multiple Surnames}} add {{icon|Stock_add}} {{man button|Add}} button, will show the {{man label|[[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Entering_and_editing_data:_detailed_-_part_1#Multiple_Surnames|Multiple Surnames]]}} section entry box, allowing you to enter compound surnames (for example for patronimicspatronymics, or compound matrilineal-patrilinial names)
*{{man label|Surname prefix}}, an optional prefix for the family name that is not used in sorting, such as ''de'' or ''van''
*{{man label|Origin}}, the [[Gramps_Glossary#name_origin|origin ]] type of the nameidentifies the cultural naming system that specifies how a particular surname was elected. This is meta information about the surname which can be important in genealogical research*{{man label|Title}}, which is a title (typically in abbreviated form) used to refer to the person such as ''Dr.'' or ''Rev.'', selector,
*{{man label|Nick Name}}, is a descriptive name given in place of or in addition to the official given name. If a Nick name is a full name construct, use a specific name type ''Also known as'' instead of the Nick field.
*{{man label|Call name}}, officially this is the part of the given name that is the normally used name. Eg, a person can have 3 given names as in ''Jean Baptiste Jules'', where in reality only ''Baptiste'' is used. In Germany and some other places, it was customary to underline the callname among the different given names, see also [[Names_in_Gramps#Call_Name|here]]. Some people will try to use this field also for nickname, or changes to the Given name (like Cristy for Cristina), but this is not the intended use. A call name is a proper legal name. For nick names, or short name variants, you should create an alternative name with a different type.
On the [[Gramps_5.1_Wiki_Manual_-_Entering_and_editing_data:_detailed_-_part_3#Name_Editor|Name Editor]] an extra field is available: {{man label|Family Nickname}}. This is a non official unofficial name given to a family to distinguish them of people with the same family name. Often referred to as eg. Farm name or pet name.
The {{man label|Origin}} and {{man label|Type}} fields provide an "autocompletion" feature: as you type in these fields, a menu appears below the field containing database entries that match your partial input. This gives you a shortcut by letting you select an entry that already exists in the database rather than having to type it all out. You can select the entry using your mouse or using your arrow and '''Enter''' keys.
 
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