English Pronunciation Guide to the Names of People, Places, and Stuff

About the website


Welcome to inogolo, the practical, easy-to-use website devoted to the English pronunciation of the names of people, places, and various things. The site contains thousands of pronunciations (each with phonetic and audio) in English. The site can be searched or browsed-- alphabetically, by tag, or through topical pronunciation guides.

The website has two purposes:

  1. To provide an easy to use tool that will help English speakers pronounce difficult and commonly mispronounced names.
  2. For non-English speakers and those for whom English is a second language-- to provide an easy to use tool to help pronounce common English names, since many English names follow no phonetic rules.

A few notes about the site:

Who created the website?

The inogolo website is the part-time project of Stuart Yoder who lives and works in the Austin, Texas area, and enjoys orthoepy as a hobby.

Where do the pronunciations come from?

There are two categories of pronunciations on the site-- 1) names in general (e.g. Nguyen), and 2) the name of specific persons, places, or things (e.g. Theodore Roosevelt, Uvalde, Porsche, Linux).

For names in general, whenever possible pronunciations are verified and cross-referenced across multiple sources. Sources include:
  • personal knowledge (for most common English names)
  • a partial list of some web resources and books referenced is at the inogolo pronunciation resources page.
  • people-- if I can locate someone with the name I ask them.
  • if the language of origin can be determined I ask a native speaker of the language if possible
  • user submissions and corrections through the online suggestion submission form have been very helpful.
  • other resources used-- the internet (blogs,forums,news articles,etc), radio and TV media, encyclopedias, dictionaries
For the names of specific people and places pronunciations are verified and cross-referenced across multiple authorities when possible. The names of people no longer living tend to generate the most disputes. If a pronunciation is disputed it will be noted and usually any alternate pronunciations are given as well. Sources include:
  • authorities and sources listed at the inogolo pronunciation resources page.
  • the person themselves or their representative
  • for places, Merriam Webster's Geographical Dictionary (for disputed pronunciations other authorities are checked as well)
  • media sources such as radio and TV
  • the internet (blogs,forums,news articles,etc)

Where did the name inogolo come from?

The word is made up, but was inspired by putting together a couple of Latin words.

      in       (Latin prefix for 'not', 'against')
    iuguolo    (Latin for 'butcher')

The website is about not butchering names!

Contact Information

Suggestions for names, pronunciations, or any other improvement are welcome. Send email to (link).

If you have a suggestion for a name that you would like to see included in the inogolo database, please use our online suggestion submission form. It's an easy one-click process and no registration is required.

For any questions or other information about inogolo send email to (link).


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