- must consist only of the letters “a” to “z”, hyphens and apostrophes
- may include accents as long as they are found in French (so ç and ý are okay, but not ã or ÿ)
- “if the mother or father or both have a hyphenated or combined surname, only one of the names in that surname or those surnames must be used” (so no John Doe-Smith-Buchanan-Fredericks)
In some ways, these naming restrictions are more stringent than those enforced in proprietary settings like World of Warcraft (proof). Not that I’m complaining.
For us it was easy. Lacey, Zoe and I all have the same last name. Following the KISS principle, we shied away from the more phonetically precise spelling of Zoë. Realistically, how often would people take the time to type it accurately anyway?