Proper Names

Q. When spelling last names, are there rules? We have family names like LaFleur—should there be a space between the a and the f? Should the L be in caps or lowercase? When spelling place-names, there is a space—Los Angeles would never be spelled without the space—right? I am confused—can you help?

A. Unfortunately, I cannot help, because there are no rules. Each family gets to decide. If you check a phone book, you'll see many variations of such names.