Pronounce Ragnar and Ragna? (Scandinavian)

I was wondering how you properly pronounce the Scandinavian name [name]Ragnar[/name]? I’ve heard it pronounced in the same way it is spelled and I’ve heard it pronounced like [name]Rayner[/name]. Also, how would you pronounce it’s female version, [name]Ragna[/name]? Which way is correct? Any berries from Scandinavia willing to answer this?

The Scandinavian (or the Danish, at least) pronunciation is very difficult because the ‘Ragn’ is pronounced much harder. I think the closest you get to a Scandinavian pronunciation is “RAHG-nahr”. It definitely isn’t pronounced [name]Rayner[/name], not here in Scandinavia at least. [name]Ragna[/name] is the same, just “RAHG-na”, without the ‘r’. I hope this made just a tiny bit of sense.

Actually, from my experience both [name]Ragnar[/name] and [name]Ragna[/name] are pronounce harder in Denmark than in [name]Sweden[/name] where I grew up.
You can listen to the Swedish pronunciation of [name]Ragnar[/name] here (just click on the blue arrow):

I agree, in Swedish you also roll a lot more on the ‘ra’, whereas in Denmark it’s just harsh-sounding (to be completely honest, neither of the names are very nice-sounding in Danish, they sound much better in Swedish (and Norwegian, I presume, they tend to ‘sing’ more on the words, if you know what I mean)).

This was really helpful. Thank you both so much! I’m glad it’s not pronounced like [name]Rayner[/name], I prefer [name]Ragnar[/name] much more.

I’m not sure how I managed to miss this thread earlier this spring, but I have been wondering about this name too. My husband heard it pronounced something like “rahn-yar” on a book on tape. I’ve noticed that pretty much all the Forvo pronunciations place the throaty “ngy” sound before the N though. Is our pronunciation just totally wrong, or is this the “singing” Norwegian pronunciation, or does anyone know?

It is the middle name of a friend of mine; he pronounces it the way it’s spelled. His family has a distant viking history, and [name]Ragnar[/name] is a family name.

I think DH has been watching some viking show with the main character called [name]Ragnar[/name] - which they evidently say correctly in the show, as RAHG-nar.

Listen to this:

The g is silent, and pronounced nasally as in reign, cognac, champagne and lasagne.

The “a” is pronounced [ə]

(I speak Swedish and my father’s name is [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m].)

The female version is [name_f]Ragna[/name_f].