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 Merriam-Webster. 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 7.42.