ISSUE-70: Support multiple family names

Support multiple family names

Raised by:
Koji Ishii
Opened on:
Section 4.4 ContactName

WG Approved: Yes

In a number of cultures, multiple family names can appear in an individual's name. See, for example [1]. Because there is only one familyName field, it is unclear how to support multiple family names. For example, in some cultures, the family name appears in the middle of the name string: the well-known writer "Gabriel García Márquez" has two familial names--"García" and "Márquez". The former name is considered his surname.

Please provide guidance on handling multiple family names.

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  1. Review of tracker issues for best practices (part II) (from on 2015-03-28)
  2. Re: I18N-ISSUE-70: Support multiple family names [Contacts API] (from on 2011-07-05)
  3. I18N-ISSUE-70: Support multiple family names [Contacts API] (from on 2011-07-04)

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