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  1. #1
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    How do you pronounce Ragnar?

    I'm just curious how people pronounce Ragnar.
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    Pretty much how it's spelled, and more like Ragner when talking quickly. I could deal with something strange going on with the g, though, like Ran-yar or something, if I was corrected to that. I can imagine the first syl should probably be more Rahg then rag like a dishrag, but even knowing that, and speaking languages where that's the normal prn, my English-dominant brain would kind of want to default to rag....


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    Oh PS I'll add that I love the name : D. Bolder than what I'd personally use but I'd love to meet one!


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    Thanks! I have been saying it rag-nar (yes a bit like dishrag), but then I found a source that said it was RAHJ-nar (http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Ragnar).
    Last edited by saracita00; January 17th, 2014 at 07:03 PM.
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    Huh. I can't imagine Rahj-nar. I wonder if that website is using j to mean y? I mentioned all that because in Swedish and probably other Scandinavian languages funny things start happening with the g, but it's not really like a j, it's sort of more like a y (if you're a Spanish speaker I realize this is probably extra hilarious since those are more interchangeable in Spanish : D - maybe they are in Swedish too but what I hear is more like a y) - like Rah-ynyar almost or something (the y is just super-merged with the n). In German the g would be more like a k, like Rahk-nar, kind of.

    Ha ha about your 8 year olds reaction : D. Yeah, I can see how that would be a risk the name would run particularly in grade school.

    I believe it's related to Rainer, Reiner, Rainier, Raynard, Ranardo and the like? Maybe one of those is a little less raggy? I particularly like Rainer for the connection to the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke...still not the easiest name to pull off but maybe more than Ragnar : D.


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