Letter A or a

Cornish name  or â

Letter B or b

Cornish name or

Letter C or c

Cornish name or

Letter D or d

Cornish name or

Letter E

Cornish name Ê or ê

Letter F

Cornish name Ef or ef

Letter G

Cornish name or

Letter H

Cornish name or

Letter I

Cornish name I or i

When employing a font that does not distinguish between capital I and small L, the alternative capital form Î can be used

Letter J

Cornish name or

Letter K

Cornish name or (or )

Letter L

Cornish name Èl or èl

Letter M

Cornish name Èm or èm

Letter N

Cornish name Èn or èn

Letter O

Cornish name Ô or ô

Letter P

Cornish name or

Letter Q

Cornish name Qwo or qwo

Letter R

Cornish name Èr or èr

Letter S

Cornish name Ès or ès (or Ess ess)

Letter T

Cornish name or

Letter U

Cornish name Û or û (pronounced with or without an initial y-sound)

Speakers who say this vowel with lip-rounding may call it U u, so pronounced

Letter V

Cornish name or

Letter W

Cornish name or

Letter X

Cornish name Ex or ex

Letter Y

Cornish name or

Letter Z

Cornish name or (or Zèd zèd)


Cornish name collverk f collverkys


Capital letter

Cornish name lytheren vrâs f lytherednow brâs

Circumflex accent

Cornish name aken grobm f akednow crobm


Cornish name aken dhewboynt f akednow dewboynt


Grave accent

Cornish name aken dhieskynus f akednow dieskynus


Cornish name nos jùnya m nosow jùnya

Small letter

Cornish name lytheren vian f lytherednow bian

It may be handy to remember that ef i qwo ex are the only letter names without an accent (‘diacritical mark’), along with ess u if you employ them.

Words are arranged alphabetically according to the same principles as for English. Digraphs are not treated as separate letters of the alphabet, in contrast to Welsh. Thus, for example, dhyworth ‘from’ and them ‘theme’ will be found under the letters d and t respectively in an alphabetical list. However, informal digraph names dhê and thê are sometimes heard.

When spelling out aloud a word that contains a vowel carrying an accent (‘diacritical mark’), the name of the letter is said first, followed by the name of the relevant accent.


Although the Cornish for ‘letter of the alphabet’ is lytheren, a feminine noun, the names of the letters themselves are treated as masculine, so none of them mutate after an ‘the’. The letter names have no plural form. For multiples of a letter, when playing Scrabble® for example, we say gê dywweyth ‘two Gs’, èl terweyth ‘three Ls’.

For geminate consonants we use the adjective dobyl: e.g. ès (ess) dobyl ‘double S’. But speakers who pre-occlude geminate M and geminate N are more likely to spell out bê èm and dê èn aloud than say èm dobyl and èn dobyl. The name vê dobyl as an alternative to wê is not recommended, as it can cause confusion in the case of geminate v in a word like covva 'hiding-place'.