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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

Lisle

Lyle

Listowel

Lis-toe-ell

Lombe

Loam (sometimes Lumb)

Londesborough

Londs-bro'

Londonderry

Londond'ry (city pronounced London-Derry

Loudon

Loud-on

Loughborough

Luff-bro

Louth

'th' as in 'mouth' (Ireland 'th' as in 'breathe')

Lovat

Luv-at

Lowson

Lo-son ('lo' as in 'go')

Lowther

Low-thr ('low' as in 'now')

Lycett

Lisset

Lygon

Liggon

Lyon

Lion

Lysaght

Ly-set

Lyveden

Live-den (as in 'give')

Macara

Mac-ara

Macbean

Mac-bain

McCorquodale

M'cork-o-dale

McCulloch

M'cull-och

McDonagh

Mac-Donna

McEvoy

Mac-evoy

McEwan

Mac-ewen

McFadzean

Mac fadd-yen

McGillycuddy

Mac-li-cuddy

Machell

May-chell

McIvor

Mac-Ivor

McKay

M'Kye (as in 'eye')

McKie

Mack-ie (occasionally pronounced M'Kye)

Maclean

Mac-layne

Macleay

Mac-lay

Macleod

Mac-loud

McLachlan

Mac-lochlan

Macnaghten

Mac-nawton

 

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