It is the Registrar's responsibility to ensure the validity and viability of surname registration applications. The Registrar may decline an application for registration if, after consulting with others as appropriate, it is deemed to be unsuitable. When examining registration applications, the Registrar considers whether:
If the Registrar has any concerns about the registration application, the applicant will be consulted and changes suggested, for example to the names or variants proposed.
The name or names must not be currently registered to another member;
Each member can have up to three registered surnames (although it is strongly recommended that only one name is registered initially);
For each surname, members can register the main name plus a reasonable number of variants;
Members should only register true variants and not "deviants" of a main surname (see the page on Variants and deviants for definitions);
Members should only register a variant if they are studying it fully;
Where a name has a large number of variants, we recommend that members register the five or so that are most common now.
Registered names are allocated to categories based on the extent of data collection and other criteria. (These categories are described under "Registering a ONS" in the "one-name study" part of this website.) The Guild relies on you to choose the appropriate category for each new surname you register, with reference to the depth of study achieved at the time of registration. You are welcome to seek the advice of the Registrar if in doubt.© Guild of One-Name Studies 2012 This page was last modified 23 Mar 2012, 23:45