Gender: Female Pronunciation: FRAY-ah Meaning of Freya: "a noble woman" Origin of Freya: Norse Freya's Popularity in 2019: #200

Freya Origin and Meaning

The name Freya is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "a noble woman".

Freya is derived from the Old Norse name Freyja, meaning “Lady, noble woman.” It is the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. Freya can be considered a feminization of Frey or Freyr, the name of the goddess’s brother.

Freya, the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty and fertility, has long been popular in the U.K. but is 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 has been one of the fastest-rising names of the past few years and is even more popular in England and Wales. We predict that along with the original Nordic spelling Freyja, Freya will continue its meteoric rise in the coming years.

A noted bearer was the explorer and writer Freya Stark.

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Rank in US: #200

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Freya's International Variations

Freyde (Yiddish) Freja (Swedish)


NimbleNymph Says:


I first heard this name in the novel by Matthew Laurence! Freya is such a charming name. I do somewhat prefer Frieda, but Freya is gorgeous. I do wish it was less popular!

Maryyy Says:


So pretty!

DearTheodosia Says:


Not everybody is in Denmark, don’t be rude.

Cleo Says:


In Denmark you spell it Freja and not Freyja. That's a weird way of spelling it.

LoveLoop Says:


I love love love Freyja and it's been my favorite girl name for years but I absolutely dislike the Freya spelling.

fromtheocean12 Says:


Freya and Isla would be the most perfect sibset ever!!

moonbeam44 Says:


My dog is named Freya, and I a lot of people seem to have a hard time hearing it correctly. They think her name is Fire or Frieda.

Deyah Says:


I prefer the Freyja spelling. Freya just looks misspelled and incomplete to me, because the goddess name was actually Freyja and not Freya!
Freyja just looks way friendlier and sweeter to me.

Ellaspivey Says:


I MUCH prefer this over Faith and Felicity.

isolemnlysweariamuptodrarry Says:


I also knew a little girl called Freyja and her teacher always used to misspell it

isolemnlysweariamuptodrarry Says:


this is my almost 6 year old cousin's name, she really suits it and loves it, i call her Frey or Fayla as a nickname, it is really popular here in the uk though, i really like it

Rosie2525 Says:


Pretty name. Not one I've heard too often, as of YET! Looking at it, I'm GUESSING it's pronounced Fray-uh. I like fairy sounding names, and Fay is pretty, but Freya is different and more than syllable, which I like. Very nice :)

Rosie2525 Says:


Oh my God, that's an adorable and wonderful idea! :)

bordercollie Says:


Sadly, I have a terrible association with this name, but in sound alone, it's gorgeous.

Catgirlmri Says:


I love the image, and the name itself. The original spelling, Freyja, is great as well.

Daiseymae Says:


Agreed. It just doesn't sound attractive at all.

indiefendi2 Says:


and I picture a supermodel such as Freja Beha Erichsen.

JRideout Says:


That is a random association (I'm assuming personal obviously?). Its not my style but I think its strong and feminine. That's what I picture.

danirose01 Says:


I love Freya and I'm also hoping that it stays more of a rare gem, because top 400-500 is still risky for me. Someone below suggested using a nickname, but I think one of the best parts of Freya is that it doesn't really call for one.

indiefendi2 Says:


I truly hope it STAYS low. I would hate to see this gem become popular in America. It would ruin it.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I don't like this name at all. Makes me think of a frayed piece of fabric, and is just not pretty to me.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I really like this name, but its a pity that its a bit on the popular side, and it probably will rise in the next couple of years. Other more butcherable alternatives are Freyja and Freja, which I think are just as beautiful :)

Kailagood Says:


Since I have a felicity I had thought for a bit if I did all the same letter what would I choose. Freya for sure would be my #2. I don't think elodie will ever move from #2 spot but you never know.

actingfun Says:


Although I'm not a huge fan of it, I can assure you it's not too frilly. Even if it was ultra-frilly, you should use it if you love it.

actingfun Says:


I'm not a huge fan of this name. It reminds me of Fritos for some reason.

EW314 Says:


A lovely name, very popular here in the UK but with good reason. My 19-year-old SIL is called Freya and really likes her name - it's very unusual amongst people her age but has since rocketed in popularity. I love the soft sound and the link to the goddess, but I do prefer the Freyja spelling (though no one would be able to spell it!)

Hailey Says:


I can't get on board with this name. It reminds me of a snotty-nosed kid.

Lena_Aline Says:


I much prefer Freyja.

blaubebop87 Says:


Right??? I love this name and want to use it someday but not if it gets popular! Noooooo!

JessicaRK467 Says:


One of my very favorite's stunningly beautiful but I don't know how intelligent it it too frilly?

Zelliew Says:


Yes! It's pretty

taliawhat Says:


Please stop growing in popularity in the U.S.! You jumped hundreds of spaces upwards in 2014! Please peak there and then come back down :( You're in my top 3 girl names, nooooo!

zuzana Says:


I'm crushing on this name right now. It sounds soft and pretty, but is shorter than the names I usually like.

PoppyOrangey Says:


I understand that. Thank you, but as I mentioned I prefer "free a".

EvaThyssen Says:


I like Freyja too. I don't like Freya at all (looks misspelled).

SimoneKadele Says:


And I like Freyja. :)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


The correct pronunciation is fray-a

PoppyOrangey Says:


Nameberry says Freya is pronounced "fray a", but I much prefer my initial thought "free a".

headintheclouds Says:


Very pretty name, strong with history and meaning. I love the Fre- sound of it, and I'd love to see more little girls named Freya.

indiefendi2 Says:


Way too close to my cousin's name but it's growing on me strong.

EvaThyssen Says:


I prefer Freja.

jordalini Says:


My man and I LOVE this name. I am of mostly Swedish descent, and I think this is a really nice tribute name. Plus you can call her Faye, like Morgan La Faye, and it means fairy, which is super cute

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


I like Faya a LOT better.

jojobabyberry Says:


I can't like this name even if I try.

Kailagood Says:


I'm really starting to love this name. I just don't know if it would fit in with some of the names i know we will use!

ambg Says:


It's beautiful, but I'm not sure if I would name a kid this. It's so lofty.

iolite Says:


My sister's name is Freya and she loves the association with the Norse Goddess, especially because Freya was said to ride a chariot pulled by cats, my sister's favourite animal.

Sorceress Says:


My favorite name. I love the image of Freya, the Norse Goddess of love and beauty.