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Gender: Female Meaning of Freda: "peaceful," Origin of Freda: German

The name Freda is a girl's name of German origin meaning "peaceful,". Freda and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Peace and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Pronounced as Fred with an a, Freda is sometimes heard in England, but mostly among older generations. Much more popular in the U.K. these days, though yet to reach the US, is Freya.

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Famous People Named Freda

Winifred May "Freda" Dudley Ward, English socialite and mistress of the future King Edward VIII
Winifred Alice "Freda" James, English tennis player
Freda Charcilia Payne, American R&B singer
Freda Josephine McDonald, birth name of Josephine Baker, American-French dancer and entertainer
Freda Foh Shen, American actress
Freda Gladys Newcombe, English neuropsychologist
Freda Meissner-Blau, Austrian politician
Winifred "Freda" Utley, English scholar and author
Freda Bedi, early English Buddhist

Pop Culture References for the name Freda

Mrs Freda Flower, rich widow interested in spiritualism in Muriel Spark's play "The Bachelors" (1961)
Freda Larch, "Second Resurrectionist" in "The Good Companions" (1929) by J. B. Priestley
Freda, main character in "The Bottle Factory Outing" (1974) by Beryl Bainbridge
"Good Ol' Freda" (2013), documentary about Freda Kelly, lifelong secretary for The Beatles
Freda, character in G. A. Henty's "The Dragon and the Raven"

Freada, Freida, Frida, Frieda, Frydda, Freeda


abertawe Says:


"Fred with an A?" wtf. This is said just like Frieda...

Willow_Carter Says:


My Nana's name was Freda and I think if I ever have a little girl I would love to call her Freda Marigold; so sweet

Carol Says:


I think if it's Frieda it's "free-da" without the i it's "frey-da", at least that's what i've been told by my german neighbors who have a daughter Frieda (Free-da)

Yara Says:


I love the nickname Freddie!

lesliemarion Says:


Me too, Free-da. I used to dislike it, but it reminds me of my mom's era of women and so I now like it. I like Frederica with this as a nickname.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I've only heard this pronounced "free-da".