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  1. #11
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    I'm from the Midwest as well and I love Freya, just not as much as Flora, so it didn't make the cut. I can't have both a Freya and a Flora after all.
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  2. #13
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    Feb 2012
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    I have a Freya and I am from Western Canada which I don't think is that dissimilar from the Midwest. Pretty much no one has heard of it here but I don't think that makes it any less appealing. I haven't had any problems with pronunciation, people who haven't heard of it before sometimes pronounce it correctly and sometimes pronounce it free-ah but they respond to my correction and it hasn't been a problem. I think it is a beautiful name and have no regrets using it. It is very common in the UK so I think for North America it is only a matter of time before there is some famous actress or athlete who has the name and everyone becomes familiar with it. I remember 10 years ago telling my mother I liked the name Pippa which she thought was bizarre and now via Pippa Middleton she thinks it is charming. I think the same thing will eventually happen with Freya.

  3. #15
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    Oct 2011
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    I'm from the Great Lakes "Midwest" and I would say it Free-uh. It always makes me think of the Frito-Lay factory in the town where I grew up, isn't that terrible? Otherwise, it's pretty cute. I would say the goddess connection is pretty unknown for most people.

  4. #17
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    I live in the Midwest and I don't think it would be much of a problem. Some people may mispronounce it, but for the most part I think it's familiar enough. One of my friends home schools her kids and there is a little Freya in their homeschool group.

  5. #19
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    Nov 2011
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    I think it's fairly straight forward in pronunciation and that the sound is so similar to familiar names that it's great for small town USA. It's such a likable name!

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