Word Division

Q. On the galley proofs of my book, the computer divided the name Josephine Bellver as “Josephine Bel-lver” at the end of a line. It seems to me it should be “Josephine Bell-ver”, if it must be divided at all. What is your opinion?

A. Chicago favors a system of word division based on pronunciation and more or less demonstrated by the recommendations in Webster’s tenth. We also discourage breaking names. But if “Bellver” must be broken, certainly it should be Bell-ver (assuming that it would be rather difficult to pronounce the name in question as “Bel-lver”). For more on this issue, see CMOS 7.38.