Commons:Category scheme People

Shortcut: COM:PEOPLECAT This is the organisational schema for media related to People. It prescribes the use of categories. Anyone can comment on this scheme.

People(198 C, 3 P, 1076 F)
Documents by people(8 C)
People by angle(9 C)
People by background(17 C)
People by behavior(1 C)
People by city(7 C)
People by continent(18 C)
People by date(26 C)
People by language(4 C)
People by medium(21 C)
People by name(306134 C, 2 P, 22 F)
People by region(12 C)
People by subject(14 C)
Gallery pages of people(8 C, 62 P)
Unidentified people(24 C, 3 P, 3200 F)
Ahmet Abakay(2 F)
Ragab Abdelhay(4 F)
Bibiro Ali Taher(2 F)
Lázaro Álvarez(1 C, 9 F)
Hailemariyam Amare(2 F)
Thiago André(2 F)
Aram Avagyan(1 C)
Deivy Balanta(5 F)
Birhanu Balew(4 F)
Mohammad Reza Barari(11 F)
Andre Barnett(1 C, 1 F)
Wílmar Barrios(2 F)
Aliaksandr Bersanau(2 F)
Biographies(82 C, 1 P, 244 F)
Melissa Bishop(2 F)
Black people(11 C, 1 P, 57 F)
Ihor Bodrov(3 F)
Tessa Bonhomme(12 F)
Miguel Borja(3 F)
Mario Alfonso Bran(11 F)
André Brasil(3 F)
Henricho Bruintjies(3 F)
David Bustos(3 F)
Andrew Butchart(16 F)
Florent Caelen(3 F)
Jorge Castelblanco(2 F)
Luis Charles(2 F)
Chen Nien-chin(1 C)
Stella Chesang(2 F)
Joe Choong(4 F)
Dmytro Chumak(2 F)
Matt Corby(21 F)
Ryan Crouser(4 F)
RJ Cyler(3 F)
Riccardo De Luca(7 F)
Delphine Lansac(1 F)
Ayyasamy Dharun(2 F)
Daniel Dias(6 F)
Patrick Dogue(8 F)
Valdas Dopolskas(2 F)
Krista DuChene(2 F)
Stasys Eidrigevicius(2 C, 1 F)
Stasys Eidrigevičius(empty)
Soufiane El Bakkali(9 F)
Fouad Elkaam(3 F)
Hamid Ezzine(3 F)
Ariane Fortin(1 C)
Frank Snapp(9 F)
Elroy Gelant(7 F)
Adam Gemili(4 F)
Jeffery Gibson(3 F)
Kheta Ram(3 F)
Ryan Gregson(2 F)
Guo Jianli(4 F)
Sudirman Hadi(2 F)
Abadi Hadis(4 F)
Ali Hashemi(7 F)
Margret Hassan(3 F)
Callum Hawkins(2 F)
Jayna Hefford(9 F)
Madeline Hills(6 F)
Mohamed Hrezi(2 F)
Segundo Jami(2 F)
Trent Jones(1 F)
Joanna Jóźwik(3 F)
Sam Kendricks(15 F)
Santino Kenyi(2 F)
Diana Khubeseryan(3 F)
Kaan Kigen Özbilen(2 F)
Kim Hee-jin(4 F)
Kim Kuk-young(7 F)
Helah Kiprop(2 F)
Phillip Kipyeko(3 F)
Pius Maiyo Kirop(6 F)
John Korir Kipsang(4 F)
Artur Kozłowski(2 F)
Manoj Kumar (boxer)(1 C)
Kahena Kunze(24 F)
Ben Kurland(2 F)
Moses Kurong(1 F)
Abdelmalik Lahoulou(8 F)
Narcisa Landazuri(empty)
Brijesh Lawrence(3 F)
Jefferson Lerma(5 F)
Logos associated with people(49 C, 48 F)
Mehdi Marandi(4 F)
Sebastián Martos(2 F)
Eliza McCartney(2 F)
Adel Mechaal(3 F)
Molly Meech(6 F)
Reynier Mena(3 F)
Amanuel Mesel(7 F)
Tomoya Miguchi(3 F)
Dacre Montgomery(4 F)
Mohammad Jafar Moradi(11 F)
Dalilah Muhammad(8 F)
Rob Mullett(2 F)
Nation (group)(1 C)
Carvin Nkanata(3 F)
Leah Nugent(3 F)
Ruslan Nurudinov(7 F)
Cuthbert Nyasango(2 F)
Ihor Olefirenko(5 F)
Misaki Onishi(4 F)
Jiří Orság(1 F)
Abrar Osman(2 F)
Melissa Pagnotta(1 F)
Justine Palframan(6 F)
Ramona Papaioannou(empty)
Surjit Patar(1 C)
Richer Pérez(2 F)
Personifications(86 C, 66 F)
Dirceu Pinto(1 F)
Cherie Piper(7 F)
Politicians with people(15 C, 4 F)
Leila Rajabi(5 F)
Reflections of people(1 C, 5 F)
Erin Richards(1 F)
Zane Robertson(3 F)
Albert Kibichii Rop(9 F)
Greg Rosenbaum(4 F)
Ehsan Rouzbahani(1 C, 1 F)
Andrés Ruiz(2 F)
Atef Saad(2 F)
Hakim Sadi(2 F)
Peterson dos Santos(2 F)
Andrea Seccafien(3 F)
Tito Sena(2 F)
Dariga Shakimova(1 C)
Kazuya Shiojiri(2 F)
Altobeli da Silva(4 F)
Akani Simbine(4 F)
Simon Hitchens(1 C, 1 F)
Leticia de Souza(3 F)
Miklos Srp(3 F)
Jenny Staley Hoad(2 F)
Rob Stull(2 F)
Sarat Sumpradit(3 F)
Surnames(3687 C, 3 P, 164 F)
Ayuko Suzuki(3 F)
Tamirat Tola(3 F)
Marcio Teles(4 F)
William Tesillo(3 F)
Patrick Tiernan(2 F)
Y.A. Tittle(2 F)
Ristananna Tracey(4 F)
Transport of people(12 C, 3 F)
Pavlo Tymoshchenko(6 F)
Davide Uccellari(2 F)
Miles Ukaoma(5 F)
Bence Venyercsan(3 F)
Jared Ward(2 F)
Scott Westcott(3 F)
Yaroslava Yakushina(1 C)
Ababel Yeshaneh(2 F)


Note: At the moment the Category scheme is under construction (so it is not yet definitive) and it will serve as the baseline to refer to from the discussion page.
You can contribute, but please get agreement for any non-trivial changes on the talk page FIRST.

General categories versus personal categoriesEdit

Content depicting people can be put into topical categories describing them, such as Category:Economists from the United States.

If there is a category for a specific person (e.g. Category:Albert Einstein), don't put such descriptive categories on images, but on that category.

Categories describing people with specific elements or objects subject to change (e.g. clothing) should be placed on images rather than on categories for specific persons. Sample: Category:People with hats, Category:Smoking people.

Categories for specific personsEdit

  • For notable people, it's generally worth creating a specific category, such as Category:Albert Einstein. "Notable people" are usually those with many images depicting them at Commons or with a Wikipedia article about them (in any language).
  • You may find yourself creating new categories frequently, if you find min. two picture of a notable person.
  • Use the common English-language spelling and word order for the category name.

Category descriptionsEdit

Category descriptions for categories about specific persons in the following order:

  1. The sortkey, to sort the category in its parent categories by family name. The form is {{DEFAULTSORT:Lastname, firstname}}, sample: {{DEFAULTSORT:Einstein, Albert}}
  2. Topical categories, sample: subcategories from Category:People by occupation
  3. Category for the birthplace, sample Category:People of Berlin
  4. Categories for year of birth and year of death. Sample: Category:1879 births, Category:1955 deaths
  5. If the Category:People by occupation isn´t with Male or Female the nationalty Category:Men by country or Category:Women by country
  6. Category:People by name
  7. Blank row
  8. Interwikis to existing Wikipedia articles [[en:{{PAGENAME}}]] (or via wikidata)

Category descriptions for categories about specific persons can also include (above DEFAULTSORT):

  1. A short description of the person (in any language)
  2. Alternate spellings and transliterations of the person's name. The person's name in other languages and scripts.
  3. {{Authority control}}

Info:For artists with an existing creator page, the description should transclude it, e.g. Category:Paul Cézanne transcludes {{Creator:Paul Cézanne}}

Sub-categories of categories for specific personsEdit

Some people are prominent enough to have a great number of images in their personal category. If a personal category gets too full, it can be subdivided in a number of ways.

Samples of subcategories used for "creators" are:

  • Paintings by John Doe
  • Photographs by John Doe
  • Portraits of John Doe
  • Self-portraits by John Doe

Two person categoriesEdit

Commons hosts a considerable number images of the same two persons meeting, generally, heads of government. For these, a category can be created for images of two persons together and named after both of them (e.g. with both President Z of A and President Y of B). The category name should generally list their names in alphabetical order of their family name linked with the word "and", i.e. "Y and Z" (e.g. Category:Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan).

People by country / People by occupation by countryEdit

Categories of people by country or occupations by country should be organized as follows:

  • Originating from or residing somewhere
→ People of [location]
(e.g. Category:People of the Netherlands, Category:People of Guizhou, Category:People of Vancouver)
(also applies to men, women, children, etc. e.g. Category:Women of Sicily)
  • Doing something somewhere
→ [Occupation] from [location]
(e.g. Category:Physicians from South Africa, Category:Artists from Montreal)
  • unless the occupation has an official connection to the location, in which case
→ [Occupation] of [location]
(e.g. Category:Royalty of Spain, Category:Mayors of New York City, Category:Presidents of Mexico, Category:Diplomats of India)

Reasoning: "People of xxx" is preferred because it is a more open and wide term. It can contain the more narrow people "originating from, living in, worked in, died in" categories. On the other hand, using "of" instead of "from" for everything creates problems for several occupations: categories like Collectors of China (apart from the capitalisation, porcelain aficionados?), Models of France (small versions of France or just petite Frenchwomen?), Designers of Norway (Slartibartfast?), and many others (Editors, Educators, Engineers, Explorers, Inventors and so on) can be rather confusing. For this reason, it makes more sense to list occupations as "from" rather than "of" certain countries, aside from those with an official connection to the location.