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The surname Fenwick may present problems in pronunciation.
- In the traditional pronunciation in Britain (RP), the '-w-' is silent: 'FEN-ick', IPA: /ˈfɛn ɪk/ This is the pronunciation used by the independent chain of department stores in the UK, headquartered (and founded) in Newcastle upon Tyne, and by the samall settlements in Northumberland, Ayrshire and South Yorkshire.
- In North America, the '-w-' is realized: 'Fen-wick', IPA: /ˈfɛn wɪk/. This is the pronunciation used by several place-names in The USA, and by most families. In Britain, different families use one or other of the two listed above: there is no common ground or rule.