10.3 Variant Forms of Names
Commentary: Variant names are created to help users discover materials that have been classified under one name but a user might reasonably expect to find material using another name. Make a see reference from a form of the name of a person or corporate body or title of a work that might reasonably be sought to the form that has been chosen as the name or uniform title heading or as a title entry.
10.3.1 If an institution maintains records in two or more official languages, record as a variant the parallel form of the authorized name as it occurs in the other language(s).
United Church of Canada (authorized name)
Variant name(s): L'église unie du Canada
10.3.2 Optionally, record as a variant the name of the entity as it would be constructed according to the rules of other cataloging conventions. Indicate the rules and/or source of the name where possible.
Minnesota. Section on Wildlife
Pre-AACR2 form: Minnesota. Division of Fish and Wildlife. Section on Wildlife
Washington National Cathedral
Pre-AACR2 form: Washington, D.C., Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
Bibliotheque nationale de France form: Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel, 1892-1973
10.3.3 Record all other names or forms of name(s) that might reasonably be sought by a user but were not chosen as the authorized form of name. Variant names might include:
- Alternate linguistic forms of names
- Acronyms for corporate bodies
- Earlier, later, religious, or secular names for persons
- Changes in titles for families
Clark, Joe (authorized name)
Variant name(s):: Clark, Charles Joseph
Clark, C. J.
Prichard, Robert (authorized name)
Variant name(s): Prichard, John Robert Stobo
Prichard, J. Robert S.
World Health Organization (authorized name)
Variant name(s): W.H.O.
Organisation de la Santé Mondiale
Massachusetts (authorized name)
Variant name(s): Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Montgomery, L. M. (authorized name)
Variant name(s): Montgomery, Lucy Maud
MacDonald, Lucy Maud Montgomery
Society of American Archivists. National Information Systems Task Force (authorized name)
Variant name(s): National Information Systems Task Force
Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802 (authorized name)
Variant name(s): Cadell, Thomas, 1742-1802
10.3.4 Optionally, record pseudonyms and other identities assumed by a person as variant names.
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910 (authorized name)
Variant name(s): Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Snodgrass, Quintus Curtius, 1835-1910
Conte, Louis de, 1835-1910