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Tracy Boyington's advice...
<<snip> if the last name is hyphenated, it should be
considered one word. But if the names are not hyphenated, I'd go by the
final name. So:
Janice Gibson-Payne would be
but Claire Booth Luce would be
Luce, Claire Booth>>
would be wrong with my surname, which is Ostapina Maggio (no hyphen, and no
time for the explanation why) and should be filed under O, not M. (Acually,
most of the time I go by just Ostapina, but that's another story.)
I wholeheartedly agree with Diane Plassey Gutierrez, who said:
<<snip>> ***Just ask the person the preferred format of her name.*** >
If you can't, I'd vote for using both names as the last name, even without
a hyphen (as in Booth Luce, Claire). I believe that if people go to the
trouble to spell out both names, they should stay as a unit. (Otherwise,
why not Claire B. Luce?)
barb -dot- ostapina -at- experian -dot- com
...speaking only for myself.