Foljambe to Greaves

The archaic pronunciation of surnames has not always developed at the same pace as our language, and can cause confusion. The table below gives guidance on the pronunciation of a selection of English surnames - establishing the traditional pronunciation of a surname will ensure that you do not cause offence. 

Surname

Pronunciation

Foljambe

Full-jum

Forestier

Forest-tier

Fortuin

Fortayne

Foulis

Fowls

Fowke

Foke

Fremantle

Free-mantle

Freyburg

Fry-burg

Froude

Frood

Furneaux

Fur-no

Gairdner

Gardner

Galston

Gaul-ston

Galway

Gaulway

Garioch

Gary (to rhyme with 'Mary' or Geary)

Garvagh

Gar-va

Gathorne

Gaythorn

Geoghegan

Gay-gan

Gerrard

Jerrard

Gervis

Jervis

Giffard

Jiffard

Gill

As spelt (hard 'g')

Gillespie

Gill-es-py (hard 'g')

Gilmour

Gillmoor (hard 'g')

Glamis

Glahms

Glasgow

Glass-go

Glenavy

Glen-avy (as in 'day')

Glerawly

Gler-awly

Gorges

Gorjes

Gormanstown

Gor-mans-ton

Goschen

Go-shen

Gough

Goff

Goulding

Goolding

Gower

Gore (place names as spelt

Graeme

Grame (to rhyme with 'frame')

Grantham

Gran-tham

Greaves

Graves

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