Well, Kathy you have opened up a can of worms here.I've just read through the entire thread to date and the pronunciation of a name is indeed a sensitive issue.As it has been throughout my life. I live in Sydney, Australia but was brought up in Brisbane.My grandfather Eric migrated with his family from Scotland early last century to Brisbane and married another Scottish migrant (surname Taylor).My whole life, I have been a M(ay)thers, and have grown up constantly having to correct the pronunciation.(My father always hated the short a, and my grandmother wouldn't tolerate it). In this country, from those Mathers I have met, most tend to use the long a.I also remember frequenting a milkbar run by a scottish woman who was surprised that it could ever be pronounced any differently! Interesting to hear we are a family of low-lifers and sheep stealers!In this country, at least one rose to the top and was knighted in the early 1980's! Funny how times change.