Renwick to Saltoun

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

Reresby

Rears-bi

Reuter

Roy-ter

Rhyl

Rill

Rhys

Rees or Rice

Riddell

Riddle

Rideau

Reed-owe

Roborough

Roe-bra'

Roche

Roach or Rosh

Roden

Roe-den

Rolfe

Roaf (as in 'loaf')

Rolleston

Roll-ston

Romilly

Rum-illy

Romney

Rumney

Ronaldshay

Ron-alld-shay

Rotherwick

As spelt

Rothes

Roth-is

Rous, Rouse

Rowse (as in 'grouse')

Rowley

Roe-li

Roxburghe

Rox-bro

Ruabon

Ru-a-bon

Ruthin

Ruth-in

Ruthven

Rivven

Sacheverall

Sash-ever-al

Sacheverell

Sash-ev-rell

St Aubyn

S'nt Aw-bin

St Clair

Sinclair or as spelt

St Cyres

S'nt Sires (to rhyme with 'fires')

St John

Sin-jun

St Leger

Sill-inger or St Leger

St Levan

S'nt Leaven (as in 'leaven' for bread)

St Maur

S'nt More

Salisbury

Sawls-bri

Salkeld

Saul-keld

Saltoun

Salt-on

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