people accept that surnames may vary in spelling in ways they wouldn't
tolerate in other words. Here are some surnames with unusual spellings.
The numbers show how many people with that name were found in the UK
Electoral Registers for 2001, out of a total of 43.5 million, with a
ceiling of 2000+.
Batchelor, not 'bachelor' 2000+
Beauchamp 'beechum' 1405
Belvoir 'beaver' 9
Bohun 'boon' 30
Bottomley 'bumley' (Guardian Diary joke form)
B'stard, TV character
Bucket 'bouquet', TV character
Cholmondeley 'chumley' 105
Colquhoun 'carhoon' 2000+
Dalziel 'die-ell' (Edinburgh) 36
Death 'dee-ath' 228 De-Ath 1085 d'Eath 99 Deeth 94
Farquahar 'farker' 3
Featherstonehaugh 'fanshaw' 17
Ffoulkes 'folks' 154
Frome 'froom' 44
Jekyll 'jee-kill' 21
Keighley 'Keithley' 1234
Keogh 'key-owe' 2000+
Keynes 'kaynes' 159
Knollys 'nowles' 31
Mainwaring 'mannering' 2000+
Marjoribanks 'marchbanks' 133
Menzies 'mingis' 2000+
Psmith ('the p is silent'), P.G. Wodehouse character
Sandys 'sands' 330
St John 'singe-ern' 953
Teatime ('pronounced Teh-ah-tim-eh'), Terry Pratchett character
Thorogood 'thoroughgood' 2000+
Urquhart 'erkert' 2000+
Sir Jasper ffinch-ffarrowmere, Bart
As he sat in his study ... a card was brought to him.
'Sir Jasper ffinch-ffarrowmere, Bart.,' he read. The name was new to him.
'Sir Jasper Finch-Farrowmere?' said Wilfred.
'ffinch-farrowmere', corrected the visitor, his sensitive ear detecting the capital letters.
'Ah yes. You spell it with two small f's.'
'Four small f's.'
'Pooh to you!' said Wilfred. 'And, if you want to know what I think, you poor ffish, I believe your name is spelled with a capital F, like anybody else's.'
Stung to the quick, the baronet turned on his heel and left the room without another word.
P.G. Wodehouse, Meet Mr Mulliner, 1927