You don't have to be in Delaware (particularly the Wildupontmington area) too long before you run into someone who has worked for DuPont or is a Du Pont. Yes, since E.I. du Pont came to America to escape the French Revolution and begin his gunpowder manufacturing company in 1802 the family has made an unparalleled impression on the First State. You know you've made your mark when there are three different ways of typing your surname depending on how it is being used. If you didn't know any better you would assume made a few typos in those first two sentences but they are actually 100% correct. Technically "DuPont" has three variant spellings depending on how you using it. Now, there is no jail time or hard labor for not adhering to the rules last we checked but it is certainly something to be aware of. So here is the definitive list:

1.       DuPont - spell the surname this way if using it in reference to the American Chemical Superpower
2.       Du Pont - Include the space between the "Du" and "Pont" if you are referring to the family as a whole
3.       du Pont - Drop that d down to a lowercase and keep the space when referring to a member a single member of the family (It is said that some in the family prefer the space to be eliminated but I think we've split enough hairs here)

So there you have it, you now know how to spell DuPont correctly. The Du Ponts certainly have played integral roles in shaping Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley; physically, socially and politically. So, I guess we should spell their last name however they tell us to, as the old saying goes, "With great power comes great specificity," or something like that.