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
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" at all."