Cheyne to Craigavon

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

Cheyne

Chain, Chainy or Cheen

Chichele

Chich-ley

Chisholm

Chis-um

Cholmeley, Cholmondeley

Chum-li

Cilcennin

Kil-kennin

Claverhouse

Clayvers

Clerk

Clark

Cloete

Clootie

Clough

Cluff

Clowes

Clues

Clwyd

Cloo-id

Cochrane

Coch-ran

Cockburn

Co-burn

Coghlan

Co-lan

Coke

Cook (sometimes as spelt)

Coleraine

Cole-rain

Colquhoun

Ca-hoon

Colville

Col-ville or Col-ville

Combe

Coom

Combermere

Cumber-mere

Compton

Cumpton

Conesford

Connis-ford

Conolly

Con-olly

Constable

Cun-stable

Conyngham, Conynghame

Cunningham

Cosham

As spelt

Cottenham

Cot-nam

Cottesloe

Cots-low

Couchman

Cowchman

Courthope

Cort-hope

Cowper

Cooper

Cozens

Cuzzens

Cracroft

Cray-croft

Craigavon

Craig-avv-on

 

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