How do I add nicknames to Family Tree?

You can add multiple versions of a person's name in Family Tree. Generally, our recommendation is that you enter the person's birth name or complete legal name in the Vitals section. Then add all of the variations in the Other Information field.

In the Other Information field, you can add as many alternate names as needed and identify the type of name. In most languages, the options are "Also Known As," Birth Name, Married Name, and Nickname. If you are using Family Tree in Chinese, the options are Also Known As, Taboo Name (諱), Art Name (號), and and Courtesy Name (字).

When you add alternate names, the record is easier to find in Family Tree, since the system includes alternate names in the search.

Steps (website)

Landscape, Portrait, Fan Chart, and Descendancy Views

  1. In the top menu, click Family Tree, and then click Tree.
  2. Find the person you want to enhance.
  3. Click the person's name. In the details that pop-up, click the person's name again. You will be taken to that person’s page.
  4. Click the Details tab.
  5. Scroll down. If the Other Information section is closed, click the triangle next to the box's name.  
  6. Click Add Information.
  7. Click Alternate name.
  8. Click to select the type of alternate name and language.
  9. Enter the name.
  10. Enter a reason statement to explain how you know the information is correct.
  11. Click Save.

First Ancestor View

  1. In the top menu, click Family Tree, and then click Tree.
  2. Find the person you want to enhance.
  3. Click the person's name.
  4. In the side sheet, scroll to the Fact section. Click Add Fact.
  5. Click Alternate Name.
  6. Click to select the type of alternate name and language.
  7. Enter the name.
  8. Enter a reason statement to explain how you know the information is correct.
  9. Click Save.

Steps (mobile)

  1. In the Family Tree mobile app, display the person page that you want to enhance.
  2. If the Details section does not show, tap Details.
  3. Scroll down to the Other Information section.
  4. Tap the plus sign in a green circle.
  5. Tap Alternate name.
  6. Tap to select the language and type of alternate name.
  7. Enter the name.
  8. Tap Continue.
  9. Enter a reason statement to explain how you know the information is correct.
  10. Tap Save.

Steps (Family Tree Lite)

It is currently not possible to add alternate names in Family Tree Lite.

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