2 thoughts on “A List of Pronunciations

  1. Mary W. Hammond

    Sometimes, a misspelling of a name can be a clue to its correct pronunciation. My paternal grandmother’s middle name was LYNDE, an old family surname going back to before the Revolution. My dad had always pronounced it to rhyme with “sinned.” I was surprised to hear my second cousin pronouncing it differently, to rhyme with “kind.” Then I discovered that, on my dad’s birth certificate, his mom’s maiden name was misspelled (probably mis-heard) as the more common feminine middle name, “Lynn.” Since the writer was probably taking dictation from the new parents, I am convinced that my pronunciation of Lynde, with the short “i,” is correct. While our Lyndes came from England, they are widely believed to have come originally from the Netherlands, as Vander Linden.

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