How Do You Pronounce That Name?

Compiled by Gary R. Toms and James Pylant

© 1998, 2006


The list of examples which follows will help the researcher become familiar with the type of surnames discussed in this article. This is by no means a complete list. Many readers will be aware of others which fit the criteria described. We encourage you to share those. If enough are received to warrant it, a supplemental list may be posted here.

PLEASE NOTE: These examples have been collected by the authors over a period of 37 years, and reflect many different situations. Especially be aware that some pronunciations are localized, and the surname occurs under a more common pronunciation elsewhere.

(Accented syllable is italicized.)

Allier = all yer, al leer

Althorpe = al thrup

Ansderau = an drews

Askey = harrisky

Athey = ath uh

Bacot = buh coat

Bakerstere = bax ter

Baldwin = boll den, ball den

Balfour = bal fer

Barbee = bob bee

Barham = barm

Barfield = bare field

Battaglia = buh tal yuh

Baughman bow man

Bayles = bay luss

Beall = bell

Beals = bales

Beaucattie = byoo kay dee

Beauchamp = beech um

Beaufoy = boffy

Behle = bay lee

Behrens, Behrends = bear enz

Berkeley = bark lee

Blount = blunt

Bodde = bow dee

Boehner = bay ner

Boemer = bay mer

Bohm = baum

Bouchier = boxer

Boutiette = boo tee yay

Bownds = bounds

Brasseur = brassy

Buras = boo ross

Burrell = burl

Burrow = burr

Cahusac = kuh zack

Caughman = cawf mun

Caughron = cock run, cawf run

Chapelle = supple

Chapuis = sho pee

Chicheley = chess lee

Childress = child erz

Cholomondley = chumley

Cockburn = co burn

Colbaugh = cal bow

Colquhoun = ca hoon

Coquerel = cock ril

Cordes = codes

Costello = cost uh low

Cowe = coe

Cowper = coop er

Coylton = cull tun

Creamer = cray mer

Crough = crow

Crowe = crauw

Crowfoot = craw ferd

Cruwys = crews

Cukjati = shuh ka tee

Cusenbary = koosh en bree, koozen berry

Dalziel = deal, dee ell

Darlingscot = darscot

Death = deeth

De Leow = dill oh

De Ville = da veel

De Vore = dee voe

DeLoach = dill oh

Dier = deer (not dyer)

Dieudonne = dud ney

Donen = dah nen

Donne = dunn

Dubois = doo b'wah, doo boyce

Duchamp = doo shawn

Dupuis = du pee

Eames = aimz

Eleazer = el ee ay zuh

Eliason = E lee uh son

Eyre = air

Farve = fav er

Faucher = foo shay

Featherstonehaugh = fan shaw, featherston hoar, featherstone haw

Fiennes = fines

Fjoser = fee oh ser

Fohn = fone

Fooshee = foo shay

Frieh = free

Fullwood = fullard

Gehl = gale

Geiger = gee guh

Gein = geen

Giesenschlag = geezin slaw

Gilbreath = gil breth

Girardeau = jerry doe

Girlington = gill en tine

Gotham = goat um

Gochener = go nower

Goupe = guppy

Grandtully = grant lee

Grosvenor = grove ner

Guyn = gwin

Hatfield = hatfull

Hebert = a bear

Hechter = hesh tay

Hoar = harr

Hockenhull = hock nell

Hoeffer = hay fuh

Hoescht = herkst

Hogg = hoag

Horger = her guh

Hough = huff or hoe

Housley = ow slee

Huger = you jee

Hulme = hewm

Iahn = yahn

Jacques = jakes

Jaeckle = yack-lee, yeck-lee

Jameson = jim er son

Jahnz = Jants

Jeffries = jeff ress

Jordan = jur dunn

Jung/Jongh = yung

Keats = kates

Keitt = kit

Kerr = carr

Kinard = ky nud

Knoepker = kuh nep ker

Koch = cox

Koenig = king

Kolb = culp

Kuch = cook

Kuykendall = kirk en dahl

Lachey = Luh chay

Lassiter = last er

Le Cog = lay cock

LeFavre = luh fave

Lefever = luh fave

Lehne = laney

Lidia = lie dee

Leicester = Lester

Lied = leed

Livesay = le va see

Logiudici = luh jah dus

Loizeaux = lu wah zo

Luckhoo = luh koo

Luenstein = liv ing stone

Lutyens = luh chens

Lyster = lester

Machen = macken

Mainwaring = man er ing

Mantooth = mon teeth

Marquis = mark wiss

Matous = may tosh, mattice

Maurice = morris

Maury = murr ee

Mayberry = may bree

McGill = mackle

McGough = muh gew

McGrath = Mc graw

McKey = mac kee

McLeroy = mack ul roy, muck ul roy

McLin = mack lun

Meador = medd uhs

Melancon = Mel lawn sawn

Meetze = mets

Meierotto = murr oh tee

Menzies = ming iss

Merrill = murl

Moberley = mob lee

Murchison = murk e son

Murdaugh = murder

Neuffer = ny fuh

Osbourne = oars man

Ouzts = oots

Partain = parr tun

Peil = pale

Peirce = purse

Pelletier = pelter

Peulen = pauline

Peyre = peh uh

Pieniadz = penny ants

Poaches = po shay

Plowden = plew dawn

Porcher = puh shay

Pylant = pe lawnt, paw lunt

Radford = red furrd

Ralph = rafe

Randolph = ran duff, ran dal

Reagan =ree gunn

Riedel = rey dell

Rives = reeves

Robertaille = robe it tie

Rubarth = roo bert

Salisbury = solls bree

Schachte = shack uh tee

Scheuch = shoyshh

Schlumberger = schlum ber zhay

Shore = shaw

Shough = shuff

Speight = spate

Speissegger = spize ay juh

St. Clair = sink lur

St. John = sin jun

St. Paul = sem pul

Taliaferro = tal liv er

Tarpley = taplee

Tatham = tate um

Teuscher = toy sher

Tignor = tick ner

Toms = toamz, toomz

Towle = tole

Tuomey = too mee

Tuthill = tuttle

Urquhart = ur cut

Ussery = ush uh ree

Van Dien = van dean

Van Slaigh = van sly

Van Kleeck = van clake

Walling = wald in

Waters = waiters

Whitworth = whitter

Wilde = vil duh, will dee

Worcester = woost er

Yedon = yay den

Reprinted and revised from "Taliaferro is Tolliver: Surnames Sound A Challenge," American Genealogy Magazine, Vol. 13, Nos. 1 & 2.

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