Credits: Names

In text, refer to homeowners by their first names after first reference. For architects, designers, and other professionals, after first reference use last name only—unless they are also the homeowners!

BH&G: Homeowner and subject, use first names on second reference. Professionals use last name on second reference.  (Changed 7/5/2017)

The first mention in text, captions, and sidebars should identify homeowners and professionals with their first and last names.

In general, don’t use last names for minors; last names may be implied, however, if children are part of a family featured in a story. If using a minor’s last name is important to a story (a 14-year-old recipe-contest winner, for example), verify that the minor’s guardians have signed the proper release form(s).

See also the Quotes and Quotation Marks section of the BHGStylebook.


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