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Person—family name prefix, text A[A(29)]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termFamily name prefix
METeOR identifier:Help on this term520790
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 05/10/2016
Definition:Help on this term

A starting component of a person's family name, as represented by text.

It is often an inherited honorific that has become part of the family name over time.

Data Element Concept:Person—family name prefix

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Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termText
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termA[A(29)]
Maximum character length:Help on this term30

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Where a person has a starting prefix to the family name, identification of that component as a prefix supports improved searching options in information systems.

Examples of a family name prefix include:

  • von
  • de
  • ozy
Collection methods:Help on this term

Record alphabetic characters, punctuation (for example, ‘-’) and spaces only.

Hyphenated family names are not a part of a name prefix and should be recorded using Person—family name, text X[X(39)].

A name prefix precedes a family name in a display of the full name. Names which include punctuation, such as O’Brien, should not have the ‘O’ separated out as a prefix, but should be treated as a single family name.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

Standards Australia 2014. AS 4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Relational attributes

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See also Person—family name prefix sequence number, code N[N] Health, Standard 05/10/2016

See also Person—family name, text X[X(39)] Health, Standard 05/10/2016, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017, Indigenous, Final 30/05/2018, ACT Health, Final 02/01/2019

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Individual name cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

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