Boord to Bughersh

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

Boord

Board

Boreel

Borale

Borrowes

Burrows

Borwick

Borrick

Bosham

Bos-am

Bosanquet

Bozen-ket

Boscawen

Bos-cowen

Botetourt

Botti-tort

Boughey

Boey

Boughton

Bought-on (village pronounced 'Bough-ton')

Bourchier

Bough-cher

Bourke

Burke

Bourne

Boorn

Bowden

Bowden (as in 'no')

Bowes

Bose (to rhyme with 'rose')

Bowman

Boman

Bowyer

Bo-yer (as in 'no')

Brabazon

Brab-azon

Brabourne

Bray-burn

Breadalbane

Bread-auburn

Breitmeyer

Bright-mire

Brereton

Breer-ton

Brise

Brize

Brocas

Brockas

Broke

Brook (HMS Broke as spelt)

Bromhead

Brumhead

Brougham

Broom or Brooham

Broughton

Brawton

Broun

Brune

Bruntisfield

Bruntsfield

Brynkir

Brinkeer

Buccleuch

Bu-cloo

Bulkeley

Buckley

Burgh

Borough

Burghersh

Burg-ish

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