The table below shows the geographic distribution of the FERNYHOUGH name (and obvious variants) in the 1881 UK census.It is clear that the primary source is Staffordshire, which may suggest that its origins are in this most noble of counties 8-))!
County Percentage of total Angl[sea?] 5.36 Ches[hire] 6.25 Den[bigh] 0.22 Derby 2.01 Fin[?] 0.45 Here[ford] 0.22 Lanc[s] 1.79 London 0.22 Shrop 1.12 Stafford 78.13 Warw[ick] 0.22 Worc[ester] 2.01 York 0.89 Other* 1.12
* Sutton Coldfied and Germany!
Therefore, if its origins are Staffordshire, it follows that how Staffordshire Fernyhoughs pronounce the name, should be how it is to be pronounced.I am not aware of any Staffordshire Fernyhough that pronounces the name any other way than FernyHO.
Clear, conclusive and irrefutable proof of how it should be pronounced 8-))!
Steve - whose mum, uncle, grandfather and great uncle all from North Staffs, pronounced it correctly ;-)