Over the years, I have developed my own version of Phonetics which (for no particular reason) I call PHOEN.
It has aided me in finding countless surname permutations and related families. I took into account variations of Celtic, French, Swiss, Dutch and German pronunciations and their Anglicized counterparts to come up with a 9-letter alphabet.
Before you arrive at the PHOEN spelling of a surname, you must apply some rules.
- 1. Merge double letters
- 2. Eliminate Particles
- 3. Replace certain combinations
- 4. Delete “vowels” and "Eu" exceptions
- 5. Replace Consonants
- Van der Schure
KBRD (This was an “aha” spelling for me as they are all the same family)