Re: I18n issue: French family names with "de"

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Sat Oct 24 1998 - 17:03:35 EDT

Ar 06:39 -0700 1998-10-23, scríobh John Cowan:
>Marion Gunn wrote:
>> In Ireland we are beset by a habit
>> foreign newspapers (unfortunately often copied by local) have, of
>> wrongly writing names such as "de Bhaldraithe" and "de Valera" with a
>> capital letter d (which they should only be given at the beginning of a
>> sentence).
>Yeah, but de Valera (at least the famous one) had a Spanish name,
>not French. Doubtless the rules are quite different.

Your doubt is unfounded in this instance. The rules for "de Valera" and "de
Bhaldraithe" in Ireland are the same. :-)

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