Saturday, 23 May 2009

How to Say That Name

A new website provides a pronunciation guide to certain surnames, which might help with your research. The site at at first glance seems to be useless for Scottish names. The first name I typed into the search box was MacGillivray, the surname of my 2 x great granny. It gave a beautiful rendition of the name, so I decided to look up the Scottish surnames section to see how many surnames it had. Bizarrely, it had one - MacGillivray!

In fact, there are other Scottish names on there - Campbell and MacDonald are both apparently Irish surnames, for example, and others appear in the American surnames section - so best bet is just to use the main search box and forget the way they have been categorised. Even so, the list is limited at present, but will hopefully expand over time.

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