Macmahon to Merioneth

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

Maelor

Myla

Magdala

Mag-dahla

Magdalen, Magdalene

Maudlin

Magrath

Ma-grah

Mahon

Mahn or Ma-han

Mahony

Mah-ni

Mainwaring

Manner-ing

Mais

Mayz

Majendic

Ma-jendy

Makgill

Mc-gill (hard 'g')

Malpas

Mawl-pas

Malet

Mallet

Malmsbury

Marms-bri

Mandeville

Mande-ville (first 'e' slightly inflected)

Mander

Mahnder

Mansergh

Manser

Margesson

Mar-jesson

Marjoribanks

Marchbanks

Marlborough

Maul-bro

Marquand

Mark-wand

Martineau

Martinowe

Masham

Mass-ham

Masserene

Mazereen

Mathias

Math-ias

Maughan

Mawm

Mauchline

Mauch (as in 'loch')-lynn

Maunsell

Man-sel

Maxse

Maxie

Meath

Meeth ('th' as in 'breathe')

Meiklejohn

Mickel-john

Melhuish

Mell-ish

Menteth

Men-teeth

Menzies

Ming-iz

Merioneth

Merry-on-eth

 

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