Despite its spelling, in the UK this place name is pronounced 'BEE-ver', IPA: /ˈbiː vər/, which makes it a homophone of 'beaver' (the animal). This is true of Belvoir Castle, a stately home in Leicestershire; the village in which it is located; the Vale of Belvoir, an area of great beauty; the Belvoir Hunt, a prestigious pack of foxhounds, and the street in Hull. (Unlike Blenheim Street, the local pronunciation does not diverge from the Received pronunciation.)
- Etymological note: Belvoir is from the Old French bel, 'beautiful', and voir, 'to see', and may be construed as 'beautiful view'. It is cognate with the Italian belvedere (pronounced in English 'BELL-ve-deer' (or 'bell-ve-DEER'), IPA: /ˈbɛl və dɪər or bɛl və ˈdɪər/). In English, its current meaning is 'a summer-house' (with a view over the surrounding property, or landscape). The most common translation of the Italian is 'panoramic viewpoint', but it is also used for 'a tower [of a building]' with the advantage of height to improve the view. The Italian is pronounced phonetically, with four syllables, 'bell-ve-DARE-i', IPA: /bɛl vɛ ˈdɛ rɛ/.