List of names in English with counterintuitive pronunciations +Search for Videos

his is a set of lists of '''English personal and place names whose pronunciations are counterintuitive to their spelling''', because the pronunciation does not correspond to the spelling, or because a better-known namesake has a markedly different pronunciation. The latter are known as '''heterophonic''' names (the opposite of homophone+s, which are written differently but pronounced the same).

Excluded are the numerous spellings which fail to make the pronunciation obvious without actually being at odds with it: for example, the pronunciation of ''Schenectady+'' is not immediately obvious, but neither is it counterintuitive.

See Help:IPA for English+ for guides to the IPA symbols used, and variations depending on dialect.



See List of places in the United Kingdom and Ireland with counterintuitive pronunciations+, and:
* List of places in England with counterintuitive pronunciations: A–L+
* List of places in England with counterintuitive pronunciations: M–Z+

See:
* List of places in the United States with counterintuitive pronunciations: A–L+
* List of places in the United States with counterintuitive pronunciations: M–Z+

* Agassiz, British Columbia+
* Baie d'Espoir, Newfoundland+
* Delhi, Ontario+
* Etobicoke, Ontario+
* Gaultois, Newfoundland and Labrador+
* Job's Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador+ – (after biblical Job+)
* Keremeos, British Columbia+
* L'Ardoise, Nova Scotia+
* Osoyoos, British Columbia+ – or and (originally)
* Pouce Coupe, British Columbia+ -
* Quebec+ – or
* Quesnel, British Columbia+
* Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland+ – * Quirpon, Newfoundland and Labrador+
* Saanich Peninsula+ and related place names in British Columbia+
* Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario+
* Sechelt, British Columbia+
* Skidegate, British Columbia+ – * Stouffville, Ontario+
* Summerland, British Columbia+ – (not )
* Thames River+ in Ontario+ – .n
* The Pas, Manitoba+ – * Tsawwassen, British Columbia+
*Verdun Avenue, Verdun, Quebec+

* Albany, Western Australia+ -
* Barcaldine, Queensland+ - or , not
* Boroondara+ - (technically a mispronunciation, but most common) or
* Brisbane, Queensland+ – n
* Cairns, Queensland+ -
* Canberra, Australian Capital Territory+ - ; is rare and deprecatedn
* Capalaba, Queensland+ -
* City of Cockburn+ and Cockburn, South Australia+
* Dunedoo, New South Wales+ -
* Forster, New South Wales+ -
* Geelong, Victoria+ -
* Gladstone, Queensland+ -
* Gumeracha, South Australia+ -
* Goondiwindi, Queensland+ -
* Mackay, Queensland+ -
* Mandurah, Western Australia+ -
* Manuka, Australian Capital Territory+ -
* Melbourne, Victoria+ – (local) or
* Michelago, New South Wales+ -
* Mukinbudin, Western Australia+ -
* Monaro, New South Wales+ - , use with definite article and preposition "on", e.g. you live "on the Monaro"
* Mount Kosciuszko+ - most common in Australian English+ is sometimes used for the Australian example.n
* Mudgeeraba, Queensland+ -
* South Kolan, Queensland+ - , noct
* Strahan, Tasmania+ -
* Tallangatta, Victoria+ -
* Tiaro, Queensland+ -
* Wagga Wagga, New South Wales+ -
* Wangi Wangi, New South Wales+ -
* Woonona, New South Wales+ -

* Pago Pago, American Samoa+
* Thames town+ and Firth of Thames+ in New Zealand+
* Dunedin, New Zealand+ pronounced

*Antawn+ – (or per French: Antoine) * '''Anthony+''' - (occasionally )
* '''Celeb+''' –
* '''Chloe+''' standard, non-French variant sounds alike to Chloë with the diaeresis+ over the e
* '''Freda+''' - (historically Frida and Wilfrida)
* '''Isaac+''' - *'''Isla+'''
* Kiki Cuyler+ – ; cf. the more common as in Kiki Dee+ and Kiki Vandeweghe+
* '''Magdalen(e)+''' (as in Magdalen College, Oxford+ and Magdalene College, Cambridge+) – * '''Malachi+''' -

* '''Michael+''' – * Michellie Jones+
* Monta Ellis+
* '''Naomi+''' or Näomi - UK and most commonly
* '''Niamh+''' - or
* '''Phoebe+''' - * '''Ralph+''' – traditionally , as with Ralph Fiennes+, Ralph Vaughan Williams+; now usually the intuitive
* Rise – occasionally , after Risë Stevens+: the diaeresis+ over the e of ''Risë'' indicates that it is not a silent e+
* Sonny+
* Stephen Curry+ – , instead of the more common
* '''Theresa+''' -
* '''Thomas+''' -
* '''Wynonna Judd+''' – * '''Zachery+''' -
* '''Zoe+''' sounds alike to Zoë with the diaeresis+ over the e
Emboldened names are traditional so while not intuitive, are among the most well-used.

* Dylan -
* Rees/Rhys -
* Seamus – (spelling ''Séamas'' is regular in Irish+)
* Sean – (spelling ''Seán'' is regular in Irish+)
* Sian/Sîan -
* Shan Foster+
* Siobhan – ; spelling ''Siobhán'' is regular in Irish+


* Duke of Abercorn+
* David Acer+
* Peter Agre+
* Ameche (Don+ and Alan+) – (Anglicized spelling of the Italian name "Amici")
* Aucoin – various (e.g. Kevyn Aucoin+), (e.g. Bill Aucoin+), to
* Ayscough (e.g. Hannah Ayscough+) –
* Baden-Powell+ – "Baden as in maiden; Powell as in Noel"
* Bagehot+
* Jim Bakker+
* Beauchamp+
* Beauclerk+ – (see UK places). Surname in the US (also US place).
* Bohun+
* Roger Boisjoly+
* Boulware+ intuitive or
* John Boozman+
* K. C. Boutiette+
* Eli Broad+
* Duke of Buccleuch+
* Buyer+ – or intuitively

* John Caius+ (as in Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge+) –
* Isaiah Canaan+ – for the land of Canaan+ cf. West Virginia's.
* Thomas Carew+, poet – , as in Rod Carew+
* Jason Chaffetz+
* Craig Chaquico+
* Mamah Cheney+
* Cheves (e.g. Langdon Cheves+) –
* Cholmondeley+
* Cecelia Cichan+
* Cockburn+
* Coke+ – - like Wodehouse
* Colcolough (Virginia, e.g. Tom Colcolough+) –
* Colquhoun+ – (per place)
* Aaron Copland+
* Dan Cortese+
* Cowper+
* Crichton+
* Cruwys+ (e.g. Margaret Cruwys+) –
* Cuyjet –

* Vernon Dahmer+
* Dalyell+ and Dalziel (as in the UK television series ''Dalziel and Pascoe+'') –
* Davies –
* Death - two syllables, ''de Ath+'', not like English word ''death''. Sometimes De'ath.
* DeLaughter, e.g. Tim DeLaughter+
* Devereux+ and Devereaux+
* John Donne+, poet –
* Andre Dubus+
* Justin Duchscherer+
* Keir Dullea+
* Dyches –
* Eames (e.g. Emma Eames+) – properly (?)
* Ehle (Jennifer; John) –
* Cary Elwes+
* Enroughty (S. Carolina) –

* Faneuil+
* Ron Faucheux+
* Brett Favre+
* Fetherstonhaugh+ or Featherstonhaugh+ – , , or as
* Ronald Fedkiw+
* William Foege+
* Fotheringay –
* William Froude+, James Anthony Froude+
* Jim Fuchs+
* Robert Fulghum+
* Clifford Geertz+
* Geogehan+, Geoghegan+
* Donald Glut+
* Lee Godie+
* Goodenough+ – usually
* Elizabeth Goudge+
* Greenhalgh – or
* Matt Groening+
* Grosvenor+
* Guild, e.g. Nancy Guild+
* Earl of Harewood+
* Earl of Home+ – (rhymes with fume)
* Benjamin Huger+
* William Hulme+ – (same as the Earl of Home+ and the Bishops+)

* David Icke+
* Andrew P. Iosue+
* Isley Brothers+
* Darrell Issa+
* Jacques – sometimes (e.g. Brian Jacques+, Hattie Jacques+)
* Hamilton Jordan+, Ralph "Shug" Jordan+
* Rob Kearney+ – (pronounced 'Carney')
* John Keble+ (of Keble College+) –
* Kehoe, Keogh (Irish surname) –
* Kerr+
** Original Scottish: Clan (e.g., Graham Kerr+, the "Galloping Gourmet")
** American English: Often , as in Steve Kerr+
** In the cases of Deborah Kerr+, John H. Kerr+, and the dam and lake named for the latter, "car"
* Keynes, e.g. John Maynard Keynes+
* Karch Kiraly+ – (approximating the pronunciation in Hungarian, his father's native language)
* Stephen Kleene+
* Landrieu+
* Lalor+
* Lange+ – usually
** David Lange+
* Lascelles (e.g. Alan Lascelles+) –
* Lauren (Ralph) –
* Legaré+
* Lescroart+
* Leveson-Gower –
* Lewes+

* Machin (e.g. Arnold Machin+) –
* MacKay+ – in Scotland
** Clarence Mackay+
* MacLeod+, McLeod –
* MacMahon+, McMahon – intuitively or as in the McMahon wrestling family+ hence McMann
* Mainwaring+
* Dan Majerle+
* Johnny Manziel+
* Robert Mapplethorpe+
* Marjoribanks –
* Marlborough+ – family name
* Maugham+
* Marin Mazzie+
* McCaughey (e.g. the McCaughey septuplets+) – hence McCoy
* Geraldine McCaughrean+
* McGrath – In Ireland usually
* McLean+, MacLean – (rhymes with "clean")
* Meagher+
* David Mech+
* Melancon (e.g. Charlie Melancon+) –
* Menzies+
* Molyneux+
* Moog+
* Moore - both like "moor" and like "more" (e.g. for Michael Moore+)
* Moragne (U.S.) –

* Randy Neugebauer+
* Bill Nighy+
* Laura Nyro+
* Olivier+ – * Ouzts –
* Peirce+ e.g. Charles Sanders Peirce+, Benjamin Peirce+, Bill Peirce+, Lincoln Peirce+
* Samuel Pepys+
* Lou Piniella+
* Pole-Carew (e.g. William Pole-Carew+) –
* Popo Agie Wilderness, Wyoming
* Pou (e.g. Edward W. Pou+) –
* Powell - some families use Pow-ell as in towel; others rhyme it with Noel (the W is silent)
* Prioleau (e.g. Pierson Prioleau+) –
* Proulx (as in Marcel Proulx+ and E. Annie Proulx+) –

* Raleigh+ (surname) –
* Rehm (e.g. Diane Rehm+) –
* Pete Reiser+
* Mary Renault+ – * Rees - as Rhys below
* Reynolds+
* Rhea+ – or intuitively
* Rhys+
* Lisa Rieffel+
* Riordan (e.g. Richard Riordan+, Mike Riordan+) – often
* Baron (de) Ros+
* Roosevelt+
* Klaus Roth+
* Marge Roukema+
* Kirk Rueter+
* Ed Ruscha+

* St John (first name and surname)+ – or (as in Ian St. John+). The former pronunciation can also be seen in Sinjin Smith+, whose birth name is Christopher St. John Smith.
* Sandys+ (e.g. Duncan Sandys+) – (as in sands)
* Rachael Scdoris+ – (the same as the Sedoris from which it developed)
* Schaffer, Shaffer – often
* Schiavo+ (or in alike Italian form)
** Terri Schiavo+
* Schlumberger+ – generally
* Seau – generally as in the Samoan+
* Seay – sometimes (Seay+, Mark Seay+)
* Karen Sillas+
* Smellie –
* Somerset –
* Strachan – , now often
* Strange - intuitively
** Baron (i.e. Lord) Strange+
* Dana Suesse+
* Synge+

* Tal(l)iaferro+
* Roger Taney+
* Lauren Tewes+
* Thome (e.g. Jim Thome+) –
* Threatt (e.g. Sedale Threatt+) –
* Todd Tiahrt+
* Tilghman+
* Tjoelker –
* Jonathan Toews+
* Trevelyan+
* Tyrwhitt (e.g. Reginald Tyrwhitt+) –
* Urquhart+
* Vanderhorst (S. Carolina) (e.g. Arnoldus Vanderhorst+) –
* Bill Veeck+

* Waldegrave+
* Wein+, Weiner+ – often * Winzet+
* Wodehouse+
* Worcester+
* Larry Woiwode+
* Herman Wouk+
* Patricia Wrede+
* Wriothesley (e.g. the Earls of Southampton+) – variably given as , or
* William Butler Yeats+
* Yeend, e.g. Frances Yeend+
* Clayton Yeutter+ – (rhymes with fighter)

* Grapheme+
* English spelling+
* Pronunciation of Chinese names in English+ - counterintuitive Q, X, C, Zh, etc. in words romanised in Pinyin+.

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 List of names in English with counterintuitive pronunciations+ This is a set of lists of English personal and place names whose pronunciations are counterintuitive to their spelling, because the pronunciation does not correspond to the spelling, or because a better-known namesake has a markedly different pronunciation.