Girl Baby Name

Freya

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Quick Facts on Freya

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 908
Pronunciation:
FREY-ah
Simple meaning:
Lady

Characteristics of Freya

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Freya

Freya is a name derived from Nordic mythology; she is the goddess of love, fertility and beauty. Rendered as “Freyja” in Old Norse, the name means quite simple the “Lady”, derived from the proto-Germanic root “frowo” meaning “lady, female” (the same place where Germans get their word “fräulein”). Freyja is one of the preeminent deities of Norse mythology, and certainly the most fully constructed of all their goddesses. Often depicted as the “party girl” of ancient Scandinavia, Freyja was a beautiful and sexually liberated goddess. In exchange for sleeping with them, four dwarves fashioned for her a necklace known as the “Brísingamen” (“glowing ornament”) which, when worn, no god could resist her. All the goddesses wanted to be her and all the giants and elves wanted to sleep with her. She was also mighty and powerful on the battlefield, wearing a cloak of feathers and flying through the sky in her chariot drawn by two cats. Half of the mortal souls who died heroically in battle were promised to her in their afterlives (while the other half went to Valhalla). She shape-shifted and practiced magic; she had the power to alter the course of destiny. Freyja was in essence the very symbol of a “lady, female” before the Christian Church took hold of Europe and marginalized women. Strong. Beautiful. Sexual. Unapologetic. That was Freyja. As a female given name, Freya is quite popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland – but not so much in North America or Down Under. It is also extremely common in Nordic countries, for obvious reasons (although the Germans, Danes and Swedes spell it Freja and the Norwegians as Frøya).

Popularity of the Name Freya

Believe it or not, but Freya is a Top 20 favorite baby girls name in England, Wales and Scotland. It’s also on the Top 70 lists of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Yet in the United States, Freya has never once made the Top 1000 list. If American parents are looking for inspiration from our English-speaking friends over the pond, then look no further than Freya. They absolutely LOVE this name in Northern Europe. And what’s not to love? It’s the Scandinavian equivalent of naming your daughter Aphrodite (Greek goddess of beauty) or Venus (Roman goddess of beauty). American parents just haven’t received the memo on Freya yet. It’s a great discovery – popular overseas, but not used over here yet. An original choice with a very lady-like etymology and interesting history. Certainly a name to consider for Americans with Scandinavian ancestry.
Popularity of the Girl Name Freya
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Freya

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Freya

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Freya

    Freya (Norse Mythology) Freya (or Freja) is the goddess, in Norse mythology, of love, sexuality, fertility, money and lots of other good things, as well as of war and death. That pretty much covers the spectrum of life and doesn’t seem to leave much employment opportunity for other gods. She reigns over the afterlife hall, “Folkvangr”, where half of the souls who died in battle are destined to go; the other half go to Odin’s “Valhalla”. (Odin obviously had the better PR agent.) Freya is known for her exquisite necklace of gold (which she acquired by sleeping with the several dwarf goldsmiths who made it), for her cloak of bird feathers which gives its wearer the ability to change into a falcon (very handy), and for her magnificent chariot pulled by two cats. Oh, and when she cries, they are tears of gold, so it might behoove one to upset Freya. All in all, a remarkable goddess, as goddesses go.

  • Popular Songs on Freya

    Popular Songs on Freya

    Freya - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Freya.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Freya

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Freya

    Freya (Short Tales: Norse Myths) (Christopher E. Long) - Freya, the Norse goddess of beauty and love, was also a skilled warrior. She became the Queen of the Valkyries, the warrior goddess who served Odin. The myth of what happened to the love of Freya's life is retold in this brilliantly illustrated Norse myth. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Freya and the Magic Cloak (Nanna Aida Svendsen) - The captivating story of a friendship between a young boy, Thomas, and a snow fairy, Freya, who has come into Thomas' life only to be captured by an ogre who plans to use her magic cloak as a way to lure other fairies into his lair. It's a tale filled with unusual creatures like talking owls and squabbling mice who put aside their many differences in a remarkable attempt to rescue both Freya and Thomas. Readers will be enthralled by this delightful new fairy tale. The author has filled it to the brim with beguiling characters -- carefully drawn personalities like Captain Mouse, Beatrix the barn owl, William the enchanted pine tree and even the amusingly wicked Mr. O., to name but a few. Complimenting the story perfectly are Sue Scullard's superbly textured, highly decorative watercolors -- 13 full-page and 4 double-page, full-colored plates in all. Children and grownups alike will savor the extraordinary detail she has lavished on every painting, adding remarkable dimension to every chapter. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Freya's Fantastic Surprise (Elizabeth Hathorn) - Jealous of the big surprise her friend Miriam has told everyone at school, Freya begins inventing one fantastic surprise after another for their school's News Time, until her mother supplies her with a real surprise to announce. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Fussy Freya (Katharine Quarmby) - The old Freya loved nothing more than a delicous meal. The new one has suddenly decided that food is not nice and that she won't take a single bite that night, or the next night, or the next! Before long, Mum and Dad are at their wits' end. But Grandma and Grandpa have seen the problem before, and they may hold the key to changing the stubborn little girl's mind. Fussy Freya uses a whimsical narrative and charming illustrations to explore a common childhood problem. In the process, it sensitively depicts a multicultural family and its cuisine, showcasing both parents' and grandparents' relationships with a child. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Freya

    Famous People Named Freya

    Famous People Named Freya - Freya Stark (British explore/travel writer); Freya Van den Bossche (Flemish politician); Freya Stafford (Australian actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Freya

    Children of Famous People Named Freya

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Freya - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Freya.

  • Historic Figures

    Freya - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Freya - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Freya.

Personality of the Girl Name Freya

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Freya

  • No Variations Found.
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