I have a program that dumps data into a MySQL database. This database has tables in it with first name, middle name, and Last name fields. Sometimes, users will have ht eneed to input the last name of Sanchez Jr. or Alder-manz . Basically, there is a chance for hyphens, commas, periods, etc to be in teh middle or last names. My question is, which data field type is better for this VARCHAR or TEXT? At this time I have it set to TEXT but have had some isses with the data getting updated in the table. I'm wondering if I should change it from TEXT to VARCHAR but do not know if it will cause other issues. What are your suggestions or recomendations?