My surname rhymes with ‘floor’. Strange but true.
My ancestors came to the UK from Germany and Poland, in the first few decades of the 20th century. They kept their surname but decided to change how it was pronounced — to rhyme with ‘floor’, not with ‘cow’.
Why? No one knows. Presumably, my ancestors thought that the new pronunciation sounded more English. But how would German and Polish immigrants know what sounded more English?! No one knows.
I’ve toyed with the idea of changing the pronunciation to rhyme with ‘cow’, as in Germany and America, but I don’t like how it sounds.
So, my name is Adrian Blau — my surname rhymes with ‘floor’!
As rhymes go, that’s not exactly Shakespearean, but it’ll do.