Kilmorey to Liardet

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

Kingsale

King-sale

Kinnoull

Kin-ool

Kirkcudbright

Cuck-coo-bri

Knollys

Nowles

Kylsant

Kill-sant

Knyvett

Nivett

Lacon

Lay-kon

Laffan

Laf-fan

Lamplugh

Lamp-loo

Lascelles

Lass-ells

Lathom

Lay-thom

LaTouche

La Toosh

Latymer

Latimer

Laurie

Lorry

Layard

Laird

Leacock

Laycock or Leccock

Lechmere

Letchmere

Le Fanu

Leff-new

Lefevre

Le-fever

Legard

Le-jard

Legh

Lee

Leighton

Layton

Leinster

Linster

Leitrim

Leetrim

Le Mesurier

Le Mezz-erer

Leominster

Lemster

Leven

Lee-ven

Leverhulme

Leaver-hume

Leveson-Gower

Loosun-Gore

Levinge

As spelt (hard 'g')

Levy

Levvy or Levi

Ley

Lay or Lee

Leycester

Lester

Liardet

Lee-ardet

 

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