Vavasour to Woburn

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

Verschoyle

Ver-skoil

Vesey

Veezy

Vigor

Vygor

Villiers

Villers

Vyvyan

Vivian

Waechter

Vechter (guttural 'ch')

Wagner

As spelt

Waldegrave

Waldgrave or Wargrave

Waleran

Wall-ran

Walmer

Wall-mer

Walrond

Wall-rond

Walsingham

Wall-sing'm

Walwyn

Wall-wyn

Wathen

Wothen

Wauchope

Walk-up ('ch' as in 'loch')

Waugh

As spelt, to rhyme with 'flaw'

Wavell

Way-vell

Weighall

Wy-gall

Weighill

Wey-hill

Wellesley

Wells-li

Wemyss

Weems

Wernher

Werner

Westenra

Westen-ra

Westmeath

West-meath ('th' as in 'breathe')

Westmorland

West-morland

Wharton

Whor-ton

Wigoder

Wigg-oder

Wigram

Wigg-ram

Wilbraham

Will-bram

Willoughby de Eresby

Willow-bi deersby

Willoughby de Broke

Willow-bi  de Brook

Winder

Winn-der

Woburn

Woo-burn

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