This phrase keeps showing up in my search box, so let’s do it. The short answer is that you pronounce every single letter. There is no ‘E,’ no ‘A,’ and no ‘I.’ There’s no ‘R,’ either–the name came from Scotland, not France. The ‘TW’ is just like you’re starting to say, Mark TWain. The ‘O’ sounds like ‘ah,’ followed by the ‘M,’ which is easier not to combine with the ‘B.’ Put the ‘BLY’ together to finish with a ‘blee’ sound. There you have it.
Here in North America, people make two common mistakes with it. They’ll try to stick an ‘R’ in, which is more common in Canada, with its French influence–or they’ll try to turn the ‘T’ into an initial. That’s a big part of the reason I use my middle initial so much. Phyllis K. Twombly is harder to turn into T. Wombly.
Hope this helps. Thanks for reading. 🙂
Phyllis K Twombly