Salisbury to Smythe

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

Salisbury

Sawls-bri

Sandbach

Sandbatch

Sandeman

Sandy-man

Sandys

Sands

Sanquhar

Sanker (Sanwer is historically correct)

Saumarez

Summer-ez or Saumer-ez

Sausmarez

Summer-ez or Saumer-ez

Savernake

Savver-nack

Savile

Saville

Saye and Sele

Say and Seal

Schilizzi

Skil-it-zy

Schuster

Shoo-ster

Sclater

Slater

Scone

Scoon

Scudamore

Scooda-more

Scrymgeour

Scrim-jer

Sedburgh

Sed-ber

Segal

Seagal

Segrave

Sea-grave

Sele

Seal

Sempill

Semple

Seton

Seaton

Seymour

Seamer or as spelt

Shakerley

Shackerley

Shaughnessy

Shawnessy

Sherborne

Shirb'n

Shrewsbury

Shrows-b'ry (town has alternative pronunciation of Shrewsb'ry

Shuckburgh

Shuck-bro'

Sieff

Seef

Simey

Symey

Skene

Skeen

Skrine

Screen

Smijth

Smyth

Smyth

Smith or Smythe

Smythe

Smythe

 

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