Starting Sept. 30, 2014, will be making a big change. GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.
Learn more

Chat | Daily Search | My GenForum | Community Standards | Terms of Service
Jump to Forum
Home: Surnames: Mathers Family Genealogy Forum

Post FollowupReturn to Message ListingsPrint Message

Re: pronouncation of the name
Posted by: Paul Mathers Date: February 07, 2002 at 19:04:42
In Reply to: Re: pronouncation of the name by Kathy Mathers of 417

Well, Kathy you have opened up a can of worms here. I've just read through the entire thread to date and the pronunciation of a name is indeed a sensitive issue. As it has been throughout my life.
I live in Sydney, Australia but was brought up in Brisbane. My grandfather Eric migrated with his family from Scotland early last century to Brisbane and married another Scottish migrant (surname Taylor). My whole life, I have been a M(ay)thers, and have grown up constantly having to correct the pronunciation. (My father always hated the short a, and my grandmother wouldn't tolerate it).
In this country, from those Mathers I have met, most tend to use the long a. I also remember frequenting a milkbar run by a scottish woman who was surprised that it could ever be pronounced any differently!
Interesting to hear we are a family of low-lifers and sheep stealers! In this country, at least one rose to the top and was knighted in the early 1980's!
Funny how times change.

Paul Mathers

Notify Administrator about this message?
No followups yet

Post FollowupReturn to Message ListingsPrint Message
Search this forum:

Search all of GenForum:

Proximity matching
Add this forum to My GenForum Agreement of Use
Link to GenForum
Add Forum
Home |  Help |  About Us |  Site Index |  Jobs |  PRIVACY |  Affiliate
© 2007 The Generations Network