<famname> Family Name

<famname> encodes the proper noun to identify a group of persons closely related by blood or forming a household. This could be a single family unit, or an extended family. Not all family names in the finding aid need to be tagged, but this element may be used to encode any for which more than keyword searching access should be available. It may be used within <abstract>, <archref>, <bibref>, <controlaccess>, <entry>, <event>, <indexentry>, <item>, <namegrp>, <origination>, <p>, <physfacet>, <ref>, <repository>, and <unittitle>. Entities with major representation should be listed within <controlaccess> even if they are indicated elsewhere.


  • @altrender – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • @audience – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • @encodinganalog – not required. May contain information to map this tag to MARC fields 110, 111, 610, 611, 710, or 711.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @identifier – not required. A machine-readable unique identifier related to the authority record for the name used.
  • @lang – not required. Three-letter code that indicates the language in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 639-2b.
  • @localtype – not required. This attribute may be used within a number of elements. Its use and values are not defined by the schema and may be defined locally.
  • @normal – not required. Can be used to provide the authorized form if the name is being used informally within narrative text, etc.
  • @relator – not required. Use it to specify either as a URI or a phrase (string), other relationship(s) the family name has to the described materials, for example, “compiler,” “creator,” “collector,” or “subject”. Replaces and extends functionality of ROLE from EAD 2002.
  • @rules – not required. May be used to specify the descriptive rules followed when forming the name.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.
  • @source – not required. The source of the controlled vocabulary, e.g. “lcsh” for Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Child Elements

<famname> must contain at least one <part> which contains its data. More parts may be used to designate sections. See <part> for more information on how it should be used.


  <famname encodinganalog="600" source="local"><part>Marshall family</part></famname>

Changes from EAD 2002

<famname> gained @lang, @localtype, and @script. The attribute @role was replaced and expanded by @relator. It lost all child elements except <part>, which now much be used to encode all information.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <famname>