I totally agree with this request. My family members also have different first names, even surnames, women remarry and take new husband names..
All those names I have entered as additional names in FTB. It would be nice that search searches through those additional names (not only the main one) and also that those names are posted on web site and visible to the members. All addresses are displayed but names are not!?
Any update on this? As I have many family members with a legal first name (and/or birth certificate registration) like Cassandra Marie, but she has gone by "Casey" since she was a child. I would like to have a way to enter legal first, middle and last name(s) for posterity and an accurate record, but also an ability for people to recognize Aunt Casey when looking at the family tree. There are also other nicknames that become what they are truly known as... for example Skip Anderson, when their true name is Alexander Patrick Anderson III. If you asked anyone who knows Skip, there is very little (if any) chance they would see Alexander Patrick and know, "ahh... that's Grandpa Skip."
I would also love to see an option that allows us to select which name to display, instead of simply using the first name in the list. This would allow nicknames to be displayed, if preferred, but it would also allow us to select a name that was later entered without having to manually reorder them. As an example of the way it works now... if during my research, I learn that the name of one of my ancestors is John, I enter it as the first name and cite it. But, if I later learn that he was born Johann, I would have to move John to the second name (along with the citation) and enter Johann as the first name if I want Johann displayed on the profile.
Yes I agree totally with Michael above. We need a separate field to record the persons "Nickname". This would then be displayed instead of their birth name. Our family has many people who are not know by their birth names. e.g Tony instead of Anthony. The full birth names need to be kept to allow searches etc.
Nick names should also extend to the emailing of members. Currently if someone is entered with say 3 first names. e.g. Mary Vivian Betrice they get sent emails saying Hi Mary Vivian Betrice,. If we could use Nick names then it would just say Hi Mary,