Is it preferable to write a thin space after nobiliary particles (von, de la, …)?

Does for example Miguel de\,Cervantes y\,Saavedra look better than the standard width spaced equivalent?

enter image description here


I have the answer for French typography (and one of the nobiliary particles you quote is French, so…): the spaces preceding and following nobiliary particles should be regular spaces (the canonical reference being the Lexique des règles typographiques en usage à l'Imprimerie Nationale).

I don't know if it holds in other languages, including English, but it would definitely make sense… and cause less disruption to the flow of text.

| improve this answer | |
  • Alright then, I guess it applies anyway—as long as the names are French, at least. :) Thank you. – Mikulas Dite Oct 31 '12 at 19:44
  • 3
    I'd have to concur. I've never come across special treatment for this case. – plainclothes Oct 31 '12 at 20:30

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.