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Variant Person Name

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Public Element
No Yes Variable Character Length (700) None Yes
Definition: Additional or variant names commonly used for the person, including nicknames, pen names, or transliterations.
Purpose: Allows users to search for people by any known name. Ensures that users are able to identify and retrieve records about a particular person consistently, regardless of the use of common variants in the search.
Relationship: This element is dependent on Name. To have Variant Person Name, Name must be created.
Guidance:

Enter any additional or variant name for the individual.

Use initial capital letters. Enter the name in inverted order: last name, first name, middle name or initial. Separate the last name and first name with a comma. Do not end a name with a period, unless it ends with an initial.

Do not enter Variant Person Name unless Name has been given.

Give explanations of variant names in Biographical Note.

Examples:
Name - Kennedy, John F.
Fuller Name - John Fitzgerald
Variant Person Name - JFK
Variant Person Name - Kennedy, Jack
Name - Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy
Variant Person Name - Bouvier, Jacqueline
Variant Person Name - Kennedy, Jacqueline
Variant Person Name - Kennedy, Jackie


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