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  • Dealing with names is a mess. It's tempting to split things into "firstname, "initial", "lastname", but, as you've noticed, that falls apart pretty quickly, both for foreign names and for people who use honorifics.

    Consider using a single "fullname" field. If you're going to be using the database for generating form letters, add a "salutation" field. That way, "The Right Honorable Horatio Hornblower III" can be addressed as "Dear Horny,".
    • "Firstname" "initial" breaks down horribly for "J. David Blackstone."

      On the other hand, I always know it's a telemarketer when they ask for "David J. Blackstone."

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers