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OK that makes sense, thanks. It suggests he had just assumed, having probably googled Baring-Gould, rather than doing research.
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I've been pronouncing Lettice's names wrongly too. Incidentally, Boris has a daughter
named Lettice.
Felt a bit sorry for Josh's Mum - her side never got a look in.
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Old 13-10-21, 14:29
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I've been pronouncing Lettice's names wrongly too. Incidentally, Boris has a daughter
named Lettice.
Felt a bit sorry for Josh's Mum - her side never got a look in.
I was waiting for someone to say Josh has the Tudor red hair so I could shout, That's from his mum!!
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Old 13-10-21, 15:31
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As I am deaf, can someone tell me how Lettice is pronounced please!

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Old 13-10-21, 16:58
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I enjoyed it because I am interested in that period of history so was aware of Lettice being Elizabeth's cousin and marrying Dudley. When I saw that Josh was descended from Henry Rich, I googled to see if he was related to Richard Rich who was a key person in the time of Henry VIII and featured in A Man for All Seasons about Thomas more and of course he was. I do like Josh and found it interesting.
I also thought they pronounced Lettice wrong
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Old 13-10-21, 16:59
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I've heard it as "Lettuce" as as "Leteess".

Greys Court is a lovely place, I visited with my Mum a few years ago, and unlike a lot of posh homes it feels like a real home. The library was my favourite room of course. There's also a series of gardens and a wisteria walk.
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Thanks Nell. I have a Lettice very far back, written variously as Letys and Lettys, so I just assumed that was the way it was pronounced. I suppose if it is a derivation of Leticia or Letitia, then Letteece is the correct pronunciation. I live and learn.

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I Googled last night and found this:

https://annfosterwriter.com/2018/04/25/lettice-knollys/
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Thanks for that. Very interesting.
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Old 13-10-21, 21:03
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I would be fascinated to know how they know how a particular name was pronounced, given changes across not merely time but also place, and within society.

I have the surname Sworn in my tree, and a distant cousin pronounces it as it is written. But in the 1700s it was written Sorn. So did some swanky ancestor introduce a silent W as in sword? Or was an absent W taken for granted?

And does anyone know how to pronounce Dewnes? The Latin form is Dyonisia and it evolves into Dennis or Denise.
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