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Pronounced (in Dutch) ACH-ness (ch sounds like ch in Lachlan). [noted -ed]
This name can also be pronounced ANN-neez. Silent 'G'; I believe saying it like this improves it dramatically.
The German pronunciation is AHK-nes. [noted -ed]
Pronounced ANG-nes in Swedish.
In Denmark we pronounce it OW-ness, with the ow sounding like en how. While being an old name and quite uncommon today it's not considered ugly in any way but that may be because of a character on a Danish show called Matador who was called Agnes. She was a beautiful, complex and very strong character so the name is, for a Dane, closely connected to her - and therefore something positive. Needless to say, I therefore like the name (and prefer it in Danish).
I've also heard it pronounced as (ann-YEH).
My middle name is Agnes and although I've always hated it, I recently fell in love with the French pronunciation, "ahn-YES" to me this sounds so elegant & beautiful, I no longer dread the day that I'll have to decide whether to carry on my family's tradition of having Agnes somewhere in the first daughter's name. I might even make it her first name now that I've learned such a beautiful pronunciation!
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