Petrie to Redesdale

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

Peyton

Payton

Phayre

Fair

Pierpoint

Pierpont

Pleydell

Pleddel

Plowden

Ploughden

Plumtre

Plum-tri

Pole

Pole or Pool (see also Carew)

Poltimore

Pole-ti-more

Polwarth

Pol-worth

Pomeroy

Pom-roy

Pomfret

Pum-fret

Ponsonby

Punsunby

Poulett

Paul-et

Powell

Powell or Poell

Powerscourt

Poers-caut

Powis

Po-iss

Powlett

Paul-et

Powys

Po-iss (name) (place pronounced 'Powiss')

Praed

Praid

Prevost

Prev-o

Prideaux

Priddo

Puleston

Pill-ston

Purefuy

Pure-foy

Pytchley

Pietch-li

Quibell

Quy-bell (as in 'high')

Raleigh

Raw-li

Ranfurly

Ran-fully

Rankeillour

Rank-illour

Ratendone

Ratten-dun

Rathdonnell

Rath-donnell

Rea

Ree

Rearsby

Rears-bi

Reay

Ray

Redesdale

Reads-dale

 

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