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Gender: F Pronunciation: FRAY-uh Meaning of Freya: "a noble woman" Origin of Freya: Norse Freya's Popularity in 2014: #584

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.

Freya was one of the fastest-rising names of 2014, reaching 584 in the US Top 1000. In England and Wales, Freya is even more popular, reaching #21 in 2013. We predict that along with the original Nordic spelling Freyja, Freya will continue its meteoric rise over the next few years.

A noted bearer was the explorer and writer Freya Stark.

Famous People Named Freya

Freya Mavor, Scottish actress
Dame Freya Stark, British explorer and travel writer
Freya Tingley, Australian actress
Freya Stafford, Australian actress
Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish supermodel
Freya Domenica Edmondson, daughter of Ab Fab actress Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson
Freya Hoffmeister, German kayaker
Freya North, British writer

Pop Culture References for the name Freya

Freya, character in TV's "Merlin," title character's love interest
Freya Eilif Beauchamp, character in series "The Witches of East End" by Melissa de la Cruz
Freya Mikaelson, character in the series "The Originals"
Freya Morris, character in "The Tricking of Freya" by Christina Sunley
Freya Gardner, character in the BBC series "The Politician's Husband"

Freya's International Variations

Freyde (Yiddish) Freja (Swedish)