What is the purpose of the "Name" column type?

I can’t seem to find a purpose for the “Name” column type, how is it different from the text column type?

As far as I’ve been able to determine, a Name column is a Text column that is intended for a person’s or group’s name, as might be present in the device’s address book. I seem to recall being offered suggested values from my address book when I’ve tried Name-type columns. I believe Address-type columns will similarly suggest values from the user’s address book.

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Thanks for this explanation. This should be part of column types help doc.

By the way can it accept first or last name, or full name, or all of them?

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It’ll accept any text. The value the Name column type adds is auto-suggesting names from the user’s contacts (from the contacts app built into the device). Similarly, an Address column suggests addresses found in the user’s contacts.

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