Naesmyth to Petre

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

Nall

Nawl

Napier

Nay-pier

Nathan

Naythan

Nepean

Ne-peen

Newburgh

New-bro'

Niven

Nivven

Northcote

North-cut

Nunburnholme

Nun-burnham

Ochterlony

Ochter-lony

Offaly

Off-aly

Ogilvie, Ogilvy

Ogle-vi

O'Hagan

O'Hay-gan

Olivier

O-livier

O'Loghlen

O'Loch-len

Ormonde

Or-mund

O'Rourke

O'Rork

Outram

Oot-ram

Pakington

Packington

Paget

Paj-it

Pakenham

Pack-en'um

Pasley

Pais-li

Paton

Payton

Paulet

Paul-et

Paunceforte, Pauncefote

Pawns-fort

Pechell

Peach-ell

Pennefather

Penn-ifither or Penny-feather

Pennycuick

Penny-cook

Pepys

Peppis (Peeps has become archaic, except for the diarist and the Pepys Cockerell family)

Perceval

Percival

Pery

Pairy

Peto

Peet-o

Petre

Peter

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