Abercrombie to Basing

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

Abergavenny

Aber-genny (title - town pronounced as spelt)

Abinger

Abin-jer

Acheson

Atchesson

Adye

Aydi

Aldous

All-dus

Alleyne

Alleen (sometimes pronounced as spelt)

Alnwick

Annick

Althorp

All-thorp (since 2000, previously All-trup)

Altrincham

Altringham

Alvingham

All-ving-am

Alman

Amman

Ampthill

Ampt-hill

Annesley

Anns-li

Apethorpe

App-thorp

Arbuthnot, Arbuthnott

A-buth-not

Ardee

A-dee

Arundel

Arun-del

Ashburnham

Ash-burn-am

Assheton

Ash-ton

Atholl

Uh-thol or Ah-thol

Auchinleck

Affleck or Ock-inleck

Audley

Awd-li

Ava

Ah-va

Ayscough

Askew

Babington

Babb-ington

Baden-Powell

Bayden-Poell

Bagot

Bag-ot

Balcarres

Bal-carris

Balogh

Balog ('Bal' as in 'Hal')

Bampfylde

Bam-field

Baring

Bear-ing

Barnardiston

Bar-nar-dis-ton

Barttelot

Bartlot

Basing

Bayzing

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