BCGS Research Tip – July 2014

Happy Canada Day from the British Columbia Genealogical Society!

This month’s British Columbia Genealogical Society’s research tip is:

Learn how names were (and are) pronounced ‘correctly’; say them out loud (or find a native speaker to do that), then use the sound to help you locate indexed variations. (Works with place names too.)

This can be a helpful idea no matter where your family is from. To give you an idea, here’s a list of English surname pronunciations from a little book called Everybody’s Pocket Companion, Fifth Edition, compiled by A Mercer, M.R.S.T. (Page 50, no date, private collection).

Two of these surnames will be familiar to news hounds and mystery watchers,  but do you have one of these names in your tree? 

SURNAMEPRONUNCIATION
AbergavennyAbergenny
AlbaniA'bah'ne
AschamAs'kam
AyscoughAs-kew
BeauchampBeecham
BeaulieuBew'ly
BellinghamBellin'jam
BelvoirBee'vor
BethuneBee'ton
BicesterBis-ter
BlythBly
BoleynBul'len
BourchierBow'cher
BuccleuchBuck'loo
BuchanBuck'an
CharterisChar'ters
CheyneChane
CholmondeleyChum'ley
CirencesterSis'ister
ClaverhouseClav'ers
CockburnCo'burn
ColquhounCo'hoon
CowperCooper
DalzielDee'ell
DerbyDar'by
DevereuxDever'oo
DillwynDil'lon
DymokeDim'muk
ElginElg'in
FalconerFawk'ner
FurneauxFur'no
GalileoGal'i'leo
GeogheganGay'gan
GlamisGlasms
GoughGoff
HawardenHarden
HepburnHeb'burn
HolbornHo'bun
HothamHuth'am
IanEe'an
KnollysNoles
LascellesLas'scls
Leveson-GowerLooson-Gore
MainwaringManaring
MarjoribanksMarshbanks
MaryleboneMarrabun
MelhuishMel'wish
MeuxMews
MowatMo'at
NietzcheNeesh'a
O'ShaughnessyO'shawn'issy
Pole-CarewPool-carey
PontrefractPum'fret
PowellPo'-el
PowysPo'-is
PytchleyPite-chley
ReuterRoy'ter
RuthenRuf'-fen
SabineSabin
SalisburySawlsbury
ScrimgeourScrim'jur
SoutheySouth'e
SouthwarkSuth'ark
St. JohnSin'jon
St. MaurSey'mour
StrachanStrawn
StraussStrouce
TigheTy or Tig
TyrwhittTir'rit
UrquhartErkwart
WeymssWeems
WriothesleyRoxley
XavierZa-vi-er
YongeYoung
 

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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