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Hyphens where I live

A Breton nobleman named Alain de Porhoët settled in England during the reign of King Henry II, and on his arrival took the name Alan la Zouch.  He married one Alice de Belmeis was property included the Manor at Ashby in Leicestershire, which property was then called after him: Ashby de la Zouch. That is to say, the “Ash-tree settlement,” or the “Ash-tree farm” belonging to – de la in French –  Z0uch family.  And while the hyphens might have been optional and a variable back in the 13th century, just as the terminal ‘e’ on ‘ Zouche’  was optional, there is

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