Von - Examples


In Thomas Mann's novella Death in Venice, the protagonist is a famous novelist formerly named Gustav Aschenbach who has recently been ennobled and so acquired the name von Aschenbach.

Outside of fiction, Lars von Trier, Diane von Fürstenberg, Erich von Stroheim, Josef von Sternberg, Dita Von Teese (note non-standard capitalization) and Denise van Outen added the von/van to their name by their own choice.

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