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Offline JenB

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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #27 on: Saturday 09 March 19 16:43 GMT (UK) »
That's the posh way (ough) - locally Bruff

Thatís what I meant  :-\
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #28 on: Saturday 09 March 19 16:55 GMT (UK) »
That's the posh way (ough) - locally Bruff

Thatís what I meant  :-\
There is Brough in the north east of the county of course and slightly west of it is Brougham, which you would just expect to add "am" to the pronunciation, but no it becomes Broom!  ::)
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #29 on: Saturday 09 March 19 17:19 GMT (UK) »
   When I was looking up a friend's Kent ancestry in 1911, the old grandfather was born in "Almsted". It is really Elmsted, but reading that spelling, I could almost hear him saying it.
    There are quite a lot of pitfalls for the unwary in Kentish place names, as I suppose there are everywhere - the pronunciation has changed, but not the spelling.
Pay, Kent
Codham/Coltham, Kent
Kent, Felton, Essex
Staples, Wiltshire

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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #30 on: Saturday 09 March 19 17:36 GMT (UK) »
I have a simple request. Do I pronounce Jennet with the stress on the first syllable or the second? It's the name of many 16th century ancestors.
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #31 on: Saturday 09 March 19 17:40 GMT (UK) »
I have a simple request. Do I pronounce Jennet with the stress on the first syllable or the second? It's the name of many 16th century ancestors.
I'd run with stress on the first syllable.

It morphed over the years into Jane, which has the stress early on.

It was common in the registers round my way until the turn of the 20th century.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #32 on: Saturday 09 March 19 17:47 GMT (UK) »
Have you considered that it might need a French pronunciation, with a silent 't', as Jen-A?

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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #33 on: Saturday 09 March 19 18:19 GMT (UK) »
Place-names are difficult too.

How would you pronounce Ulgham?

or Slaithwaite or Torpenhow?  (Neither as you might think!)

Trpenha - this makes me think us Cumbrians have problems with the placement of the letter "r" in placenames as the pronunciation bears no relation to it spelling - thinking about Burgh, Longburgh, Drumburgh and Thurstonfield!

Or Melmerby   (pronounced Melermby.)
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #34 on: Saturday 09 March 19 18:25 GMT (UK) »
Or Melmerby   (pronounced Melermby.)

Oh no, Iíve been getting it wrong all these years!
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #35 on: Saturday 09 March 19 18:29 GMT (UK) »
Or Melmerby   (pronounced Melermby.)

Oh no, Iíve been getting it wrong all these years!

You've been marked out as an outsider!
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