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was named William by his dad and mom.
He thought the name silly,
and called himself Willy,
and that became his de plume, nom!
Since I am currently in the (miserably small and poor) library of the MPI-CBG (The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics) in Dresden, I may as well check what, for example, The New Oxford Dictionary of English (very old edition, from 1998, but a magnificent quarto of exactly 2152 pages) has to say on the Maugham-question. It says "Mo:m"; just remove part of the "o" around nine o'clock and you'll get it right.
P.S. By the way, the entry on Maugham in this dictionary is appallingly inadequate: it mentions but three novels and one play of his works. And why the play should be one of Maugham's weakest mature efforts (East of Suez), I really don't know.
P.S. Still, it's pleasant to see Maugham described as ''one of the best writers of short stories in the English language''.
"Critic Hannen Swaffer once wrote Author Maugham asking him how to pronounce his name. Replied Maugham: "My name rhymes with waugham, as in 'a waugham day.' "
One complexity however: people in different parts of the US even pronounce "law"differently.
Some would pronunce the world lawyer as (what I'd pronounce as) loy-yer