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> What is the correct pronunciation of Hardinge? Does it rhyme with "Harding", as in the American president Warren, or does it rhyme with "whinge"? I do not know, but I have recently moved to the eastern part of the county of Kent (in southeast England) where there is a number of villages with names ending in 'inge' whose pronunciations definitely rhyme with 'whinge'. I gather that the etymology is obscure. (There are also two quite distinct villages near here called Selling and Sellindge. Perhaps the added 'd' was to emphasize the difference.) There is not afaik a village called Hardinge in east Kent, and the spelling of his surname could be an example of the upper-class affectation which not only draws attention to an ancient name, but leaves the uninitiated uncertain as to how to pronounce it. hth Susan -- Susan Hoyle firstname.lastname@example.org www.friendsofsunera.org.uk/ -- --