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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 09 March 19 12:04 GMT (UK) »
I was recently doing some research for, and met up with, an Australian couple.
Her family name was Kennaugh.

Pronounced locally (in Isle of Man) as Kenyack or Kennack.
Her family pronounces it as Kenno, or Kennaw ;D ;D
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 09 March 19 12:06 GMT (UK) »
I was recently doing some research for, and met up with, an Australian couple.
Her family name was Kennaugh.

Pronounced locally (in Isle of Man) as Kenyack or Kennack.
Her family pronounces it as Kenno, or Kennaw ;D ;D

That's exactly the sort of thing I was thinking of.
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #11 on: Saturday 09 March 19 12:08 GMT (UK) »
Probably best to find some family in the area where the name originated (or at least relatively common!) and ask them ;)

If they have been pronouncing it a particular way, the family will have been doing so for hundreds of years?
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #12 on: Saturday 09 March 19 12:16 GMT (UK) »
Place names are a bit easier as you can find out from current locals. However family names are more difficult if you are not in contact with anyone from that same line as I've learnt that different families with the same name pronounce it differently.

But these days many inhabitants are 'incomers' and the traditional rural pronunciations are becoming gradually more as-spelt.  If you consult Ekwall's 1930s Dictionary of Place Names you find things like
Uttoxeter = Utsheter;  St.Osyth = Toozy (!);  Brightlingsea = Bricklesey  and many more.

And I would say Slaithwaite = Slawwit ?  But of course it never follows that a personal name will be spoken the same way ...  :-X
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 09 March 19 12:21 GMT (UK) »
I was born in  town named after a famous city in England (same spelling) but pronounced different years ago. Newcomers always try to correct people when they don't use the 'English' pronunciation!

Our current road name is a simple to spell and pronounce Irish place name and I didn't think there'd be any doubt but apparently someone down the road insists on a posher version (think Hyacinth Bucket/Bouquet).

Talking about strange names one day at work these two were mentioned- Guy (mother thought it was pronounced 'gooey' and that's what she called the poor boy and another mother fancied the name already on child's birth record- Female (pronounced Fem-ily to rhyme with Emily).

Also at work a woman that used to come in was Chomodeley-Jones (pronounced Chumley-Jones)- one of the first things new employees were told was how to say it the way she did as woe betide anyone who made a mistake!
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #14 on: Saturday 09 March 19 12:28 GMT (UK) »
I was recently doing some research for, and met up with, an Australian couple.
Her family name was Kennaugh.

Pronounced locally (in Isle of Man) as Kenyack or Kennack.
Her family pronounces it as Kenno, or Kennaw ;D ;D

Surname : Greenaugh in NSW, Australia is often 'GRINNOH ' 

Town :  Goonoo Goonoo ....well each word is pronounced quite differently from the other ... in NSW .... ::) 

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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #15 on: Saturday 09 March 19 12:30 GMT (UK) »
Surname : Greenaugh in NSW, Australia is often 'GRINNOH ' 

Here in Northumberland it would more likely be pronounced Greenaff.
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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 09 March 19 13:08 GMT (UK) »
An old joke, slightly off Topic, try GHOTI.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoti

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Re: How to pronounce ancestors names.
« Reply #17 on: Saturday 09 March 19 13:19 GMT (UK) »
Scottish place names are fun...

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Culzean
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Wemyss

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