Name order in French

English translation: see below...

03:43 Jul 31, 2008
French to English translations [PRO]
Names (personal, company)
French term or phrase: Name order in French
I have a birth certificate where there are no commas between names, so the given names are not apparent. It is from Cote d'Ivoire.

I know the last name is usually in capital letters. I see the name like this (example for confidentiality): SMITH Sarah Carol ./.

So in English, would it be translated as Sarah Carol Smith? or Carol Sarah Smith?

I also see later on, the names of the parents. The first name listed (which I'm assuming is the father) says: Aaaa LASTNAME Bbbb (First letter capital, other letters lowercase in first name, all letters capital in second name, first letter capital, other letters lowercase in third name). What does this mean?

The second name of the parent (I think the mother) says: AAAA LASTNAME Cccc (First and second name in all capitals, third name is first letter capital, rest of letters lowercase). What does this mean? The second name for both parents is the same...

Merci!!!
ogtool462
United States
Local time: 18:53
English translation:see below...
Explanation:
Well the first one is definitely Sarah Carol Smith, following the usual rules, but the other two seem to be flouting any kind of convention. If possible, I would check with your client. If not, I would be guessing A is first name B/C is the middle name and the one all in capitals is the last name and should stay in capitals at the end.

--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 1 hr (2008-07-31 05:36:37 GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

Hmmm, given that Antoine is definitely a male name, we can assume that Mazimba is female. Is it possible that her last name is AKPO SMITH, as a sort of combination of maiden and married names? I'm afraid you need an Ivoirien to help you!
Selected response from:

Alanna Wilson-Duff
Local time: 09:53
Grading comment
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
3see below...
Alanna Wilson-Duff


Discussion entries: 1





  

Answers


1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
see below...


Explanation:
Well the first one is definitely Sarah Carol Smith, following the usual rules, but the other two seem to be flouting any kind of convention. If possible, I would check with your client. If not, I would be guessing A is first name B/C is the middle name and the one all in capitals is the last name and should stay in capitals at the end.

--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 1 hr (2008-07-31 05:36:37 GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

Hmmm, given that Antoine is definitely a male name, we can assume that Mazimba is female. Is it possible that her last name is AKPO SMITH, as a sort of combination of maiden and married names? I'm afraid you need an Ivoirien to help you!

Alanna Wilson-Duff
Local time: 09:53
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 3
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)



Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.

You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs (or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.

KudoZ™ translation help

The KudoZ network provides a framework for translators and others to assist each other with translations or explanations of terms and short phrases.


See also:

Your current localization setting

English

Select a language

Term search
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search