It's not much different in England. Recently we had a few nights in Chollerford, Northumberland and the next town, a short walk away is called Humshaugh
. We had a few guesses at pronunciation before we asked at the pub. (Hums-hoff).
Also in Northumberland you have Alnwick and Alnmouth, very close
to one another. They are pronounced Ann-ick and Alan-mouth.
I could go on forever but am conscious that my misspelling of Arkansas has now hi-jacked this thread on adoption