Hotham to Killanin

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

Housman

House-man

Howick

Hoyk

Hugessen

Hu-ges-son (hard 'g')

Huth

Hooth

Hylton

Hilton

Iddesleigh

Idd-sli

Ikerrin

I-kerrin

Iliffe

I-liffe

Inchiquin

Inch-quin

Inchrye

Inch-rye

Inchyra

Inch-eye-ra

Inge

Ing

Ingestre

Ingustry (like 'industry')

Inglis

Ingles or as spelt

Inigo

Inni-go

Innes

Inniss

Inveraray

Inver-air-a

Ionides

Ion-ee-diz

Isham

I-sham

Iveagh

I-va

Jervis

As spelt or Jarvis

Jervoise

Jervis

Jocelyn

Josslin

Jolliffe

Joll-iff

Kaberry

Kay-berry

Kavenagh

Kavan-a

Kekewich

Keck-which

Keighley

Keith-li

Kemeys

Kemmis

Kennard

Ken-ard

Kenyon

Ken-yon

Ker, Kerr

Car or Cur

Keynes

Kaynes

Killanin

Kil-lah-nin

 

 

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