Burghley to Cheylesmore

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

Burghley

Ber-li

Bury

Berry (England), Bure-y (Ireland)

Caccia

Catch-a

Cadogan

Ka-dugan

Caius

Keys (Cambridge college)

Caldecote

Call-di-cot

Calderon

Call-dron

Callaghan

Calla-han

Calver

Carver

Calverley

Car-verly or Calf-ley

Camoys

Cam-oyz

Capell

Cayple

Carew

As spelt (Cary has become archaic)

Calthorpe

Call-thorpe (Cal-trop has become archaic)

Carnegie

Car-neggie

Carteret

Carter-et

Cassilis

Cassels

Castlereagh

Castle-ray

Carthcart

Cath-cart

Cathie

Cay-thie

Cato

Kate-o

Cator

Cay-tor

Caulfield

Caw-field

Cavan

Cav-en ('a' as in 'cat')

Cavanagh

Cava-na

Cecil

Cicil

Chandos

Shandos

Charlemont

Shar-le-mont

Charteris

As spelt (Charters is archaic)

Chattan

Hattan

Chenevix

Sheenivix or Shennevy

Chernocke

Char-nock

Chetwode

Chetwood

Chetwynd

Chetwind

Cheylesmore

Chyles-more

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