Why doesn't name meaning tell what my name means?
edited September 28, 2020 in Suggest an Idea
Tom Huber said: Welcome to the community support forum for FamilySearch. FamilySearch personnel read every discussion thread and may or may not respond as their time permits. We all share an active interest in using the resources of this site and as users, we have various levels of knowledge and experience and do our best to help each other with concerns, issues, and/or questions.
Short answer: Imperfect lookup of the name. Machines may appear to be intelligent, but they are far from it. This is one of those instances where performing an internet search will give you the results you want.
As a consultant, I have always told those I am helping that "Google is your friend." This is one of those instances.
My last name is Huber that is often pronounced "Hoover" (long u and soft b). The results of a search reveal that the name has reference to a person who owns land.
That was easy.
My middle name, Nevin, is my mother's maiden name. It is a surname widely found in Scotland and Ireland, but a search says it is a boy's given name. A search on where the name comes from gives me the results for the surname.
Like I said, the lack of result is an imperfect lookup of the name. It is treated as if it is a surname, not a given name, and that's where the error occurs.
I don't know if FamilySearch will expand on the idea that more information needs to be provided or not, but if it is to be a lookup, then it needs more work.0