Non-Intuitive Surnames

Below is a non-comprehensive list of surnames which are pronounced non-intuitively. (Or one could argue that they are pronounced perfectly sensibly but the spelling is non-intuitive.)

I've also included a count of how many times each surname applies in the 2006/07 Brighton telephone directory, to give you an idea of the relative importance of learning to pronounce each name correctly.

SpellingPronunciationFreq
AlthorpOwltrop0
AyscoughAskew0
BeauchampBeacham12
BeaudesertBelzer0
BeaulieuBewley0
BelvoirBeaver0
ChandosShandos0
ChisholmChiz’m11
CholmondleyChumley0
CockburnCoburn10
Colquhoun/ColquhonCo’hoon6
CowperCooper3
CrawshawCrayshaw2
DalzielDee’el6
Farquhar/FarquarFar’har2
FeatherstonehaughFanshaw0
FiennesFines0
GowerGore [1]40
GreenhaughGreenallsh0
HomeHume [1]3
McKenzie/MacKenzieMacinnie [1]59
MagdaleneMaudlin0
MainwaringMannering1
MarjoribanksMarshbanks0
MenziesMingis [1]5
RuthvenRuffen0
St JohnSin-jen5
TrywhittTerrit0
UrquhartUrhart5
WauchopeWarkup3
WodehouseWoodhouse1
WoolfhardisworthyWoolsey0
WorcesterWu’ster2
WriothesleyRoxley0
WymondhamWind’am0

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1 Also pronounced as spelt.