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Gender: F Pronunciation: FRAY-a Meaning of Freya: "a noble woman" Origin of Freya: Norse

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Freya, the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty and fertility, has long been popular in the U.K. but just beginning to be appreciated here. Freya could make a possible namesake for an ancestral Frieda. There is a Joseph Conrad novel titled Freya of the Seven Isles.

Currently Freya is immensely popular in several English-speaking countries: it's Number 16 in Scotland, 19 in England and Wales, 53 in Northern Ireland and 61 in Ireland.

A noted bearer was the explorer and writer Freya Stark.

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Famous People Named Freya

Freya Mavor, Scottish actress
Dame Freya Stark, British explorer and travel writer
Freya Tingely, young actress.

Pop Culture References for the Name Freya

Freya, character on BBC's "Merlin". Title character's love interest.
Freya - character in The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz and TV show of the same name
Freya - character in The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
Freya, from the movie "The Politician's Husband"

Freya's International Variations

Freja (Swedish) Freyde (Yiddish)