Since starting the project I have come across a few different ways of
pronouncing our name. So, starting with my own way, I call myself Cov-ing-ton
with the "Cov" pronounced as in "cough" and the "ton" as in "tunnel".
Another style is "Cov" as in "cover" and "ton" as in "tonto". The third is to
change the syllables to Co-ving-ton, so that the "Co-ving" is pronounced like
"cove". Obviously a mixture of the above variations are also possible. I haven't
actually studied which is the most popular pronunciation, but most of the
Covingtons that I have met do it my way.
I received the
following e=mail from Michael Aaron Covington (ref 5558): "Greetings! I was
delighted to discover your web site just now. As an ac demic and writer, I'm
one of the better-known Covingtons in the United States, though not *the* best
known. (The law firm of Covington & Burling, in Washington, is the most
prominent entity named Covington that I know of.)
Your notes on pronunciation interested me. The United States seems to be
unanimous in pronouncing the first syllable as in "cover," which is almost the
only pronunciation I had never heard, although when I was at Cambridge, a few
British friends wanted to call me "Co-vington." I had never heard "Cough-ington"
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