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Gender: F Pronunciation: FRAY-a Meaning of Freya: "a noble woman" Origin of Freya: Norse Freya's Popularity in 2013: #908

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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 19 in Scotland, 17 in England and Wales, and 49 Ireland. It entered to US Top 1000 for the first time in 2013, and was the 8th fastest-rising name of the yar.

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 Tingley, Australian actress
Freya Stafford, Australian actress
Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish supermodel
Freya Domenica Edmondson, daughter of Ab Fab actress Jennifer Saunders

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 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

Freja (Swedish) Freyde (Yiddish)