This may be a little arcane, but what is the general naming convention in French when using proper names from other languages that use the Latin/Roman alphabet, especially for famous persons? For example, in this exercise Leonardo Da Vinci is rendered in the French Léonard de Vinci. The Italian spelling seems to be widely used & in the States at least there has been a move towards using the native spelling of names in academic works & history books.
In English calling him Leonard from Vinci would sound really weird.
Freeform Writing Exercise A1
There is a difference for naming conventions in French and English. In English, you tend to keep the original name while in French you tend to spell them as a French name, especially for historical figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci.
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
Thanks, useful info.
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