I standardize last name spellings using James Guill’s list from Vol 5, Azores 
Islands a History. In this book he has listed SOUSA not Souza. My Genealogy 
program allows flexibility on names. My grandfather spelled his name Pimental, 
according to his Baptismal record the correct spelling is Pimentel. In my 
Genealogy program I entered his name as Pimental, As a Tag (name variation) I 
entered his name as Pimentel. I also entered his sort name as Pimental. This 
way when I search, his name will be listed both ways and he can be found.

There is a list of first names that are the approved names and modern spellings 
in Portugal. I use the modern spellings for example Joao rather than Joam, Anna 
rather than Ana. I also make a note on how the name was spelled in the record.

 

Rick

 

From: azores@googlegroups.com [mailto:azores@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
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Sent: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:18 AM
To: Azores Genealogy
Subject: [AZORES-Genealogy] Portuguese Nomenclature

 

G'day folks,

 

Recently there has been discussion on using modern Portuguese whenever using 
family tree databases.  I fully support such a standardisation but what is the 
definitive reference source document? As a non speaking Aorean descendant how 
do I determine what's modern?

 

Examples to You use de Sousa or de Souza, Anna or Ana, I have multiple official 
documents where even in same document names have been spelt differently.

 

Suggestions?.

 

Tony

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