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  •  Let me just chime in on a few things... (4+ / 0-)

    For thousands of years, names have not been arranged in a standard format, such as:
    "Last name first, first name, middle name last"
    --No Time for Sergeants (play)

    1. "Julius Caesar" was named in the tria nomina tradition: "Gaius Julius Caesar", but you may not know that Gaius was his praenomen, Julius was his tribe name and Caesar was his cognomen. Later, when he became leade this was his name:
    "Imperator Gaius Iulius Gaii filius Gaii nepos Caesar Patris Patriae"
    -- http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    2. Chinese names appear to be the reverse of Western names but of course, with so many more people, the obvious conclusion is that Western names are backwards, not the reverse. A-hem.

    3. Latino names incorporate a given name, a second name, possibly a confirmation name, the paternal surname and the maternal surname.

    4. Other cultures have many varied ways for naming people.

    But US forms typically have allowed only for:
    FIRST NAME
    MIDDLE INITIAL
    LAST NAME

    Totally inadequate for most people.

    So, when a person seemingly of limited experience tries to apple a procrustean naming expectation, well, these days we have to write them off, eh Wilcox?

    Ugh. --UB.
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    P.D. I welcome corrections.

    The Republican Party is run by the KOCH BROTHERS.

    by unclebucky on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:38:43 AM PDT

    •  A very thorough analysis. (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you, UB

      A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

      by PSzymeczek on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:19:50 AM PDT

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    •  Nitpick (0+ / 0-)
      Chinese names appear to be the reverse of Western names but of course, with so many more people, the obvious conclusion is that Western names are backwards, not the reverse. A-hem.

      China's population is 1.351 billion. Even adding the 7 million in Hong Kong, the 75 million in the Koreas, and maybe another another 100 million people worldwide (and assuming they all use the traditional Chinese name order) - there's under 2 billion using that name order. There are over 2 billion, perhaps over 4 billion, using the European traditional name order.

      Neither is right or wrong, because there's no global standard, even judging by majority. A few centuries ago few people outside China used family names for themselves, as settlements were small and everyone knew each other's family by sight. Most Jews didn't start using them until the late 1800s, in cities our outside Europe.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 11:38:26 AM PDT

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