Help!! Rowen or Freya?

(56 Posts)
scubastevie Sun 03-Feb-13 16:32:10

I'm an awful mind changer. I change my mind about everything!! We had decided on Rowen for our baby girl but a friend recently mentioned it in a sort of I-don't-like-that-name sort of way. This is precisely why we didn't want to tell anyone as I don't want anyone poo-pooing it. So we also like Freya but it is so popular (no.25). So, do you like Rowen? Do you like Freya? Am I being silly about popularity (how many Freya's do you know?) any alternative suggestions please?? Thank you!!

Well - there's a RowanMumsnet, but no FreyaMumsnet, if that helps.

I like them both, but if you like Rowan, stick with it and ignore the nay-sayers.

Lollybrolly Sun 03-Feb-13 16:36:59

I prefer Freya tbh. I know 2 both aged around 14years old.

Rowen is OK I know one aged about 45.

Helspopje Netherlands Sun 03-Feb-13 16:39:51

rowen/rowan

bootsycollins Sun 03-Feb-13 16:43:15

Prefer the Rowan spelling, really cool name. Neither love or hate Freya. Don't let the cats bum face put you off a name you love, different strokes for different folks and all that smile

HouseOfBears Sun 03-Feb-13 16:43:25

I like them both, though think I prefer Freya tbh. I have never heard Rowen as a girls name, only heard it as a boy (Rowan), but I do think it us a nice name! I know 3 Freyas (one is 30, one is 9, one is a baby) and no Rowens.

If you prefer Rowen, just go for it!

SneezySnatcher Sun 03-Feb-13 16:44:00

I like Rowan best, as long as it's spelled 'Rowan', not 'Rowen'.

derektheladyhamster Sun 03-Feb-13 16:44:41

I prefer Rowen (I know a lovely one about 10 years old)

MidnightMasquerader Sun 03-Feb-13 16:50:28

No contest: Rowan/Rowen.

Freya is done now. So 'of it's era'. It will date.

Rowan is a timeless, elegant classic.

SecretNutellaFix Sun 03-Feb-13 17:03:00

Rowan or Rowena.

Freya is still popular, but on the wane. Know of 4. Only one an adult.

BuntyPenfold Sun 03-Feb-13 17:30:46

Rowan is lovely; I have one.
We know 5 Rowans, all female, aged 10-35, so quite an age range. 3 of them are Rowan Elizabeth.
We have a Rowan tree the same age as DD which is nice too.

balia Sun 03-Feb-13 17:35:40

Another vote for Rowan - there were 3 Freyas at my baby massage class, (that was 5 years ago).

badtime Sun 03-Feb-13 17:53:28

Rowan or Rowena rather than Rowen. Freya is okay, but not as nice.

MortifiedAdams Sun 03-Feb-13 17:56:25

I prefer Freya. I really don't factor in 'popularity' when choosing a name.

Allalonenow Belgium Sun 03-Feb-13 18:01:52

I like Freya best, a lovely name.

sw11mumofone Sun 03-Feb-13 18:14:35

I think Freya is prettier and I've never met one. I always think that Rowan is a man's name - I instantly think of Rowan Atkinson...

meditrina Sun 03-Feb-13 18:23:07

Rowan is unisex: are you OK with that? I think it's a lovely name.

Rowen looks as if it's a letter short of Rowena.

Freya is lovely as well: I haven't come across a little one for a while, though I know several who are 10ish.

toobreathless Sun 03-Feb-13 18:28:47

I LOVE Rowan.

Really don't like Freya I'm afraid think its overused and faddy.

JumpingJackSprat Sun 03-Feb-13 18:33:33

freya is a pretty name i know two, one aged three and the other 14. i dont like rowan i.prefer rowena but then its not my baby!

LarkinSky Sun 03-Feb-13 20:41:34

Is RowEn spelt wrong? I always heard it as RowAn (know a couple, both genders). Gorgeous name, somehow strong but ethereal at the same time.

Freya always makes me think of those lovely black and white cows (I have an odd word association thing - fresian perhaps?) I think it's still a nice name too though.

Witchesbrewandbiscuits Sun 03-Feb-13 20:44:44

i just had to comment as i recently met a rowen. rowan is boys spelling. anyway initially i thought urgh thats a boys name but it has grown on me so much and is so pretty. i think this is the norm reaction with something thats not popular. go with rowen! smile

abbyfromoz Sun 03-Feb-13 20:56:32

Rowan does sound quite masculine. Much prefer Freya.

TenthMuse Sun 03-Feb-13 21:33:01

Much, much prefer Rowan - it's one of my favourite girl's names, which is strange as I'm not usually a fan of unisex names. Love how it's strong and not too frilly but still sounds pretty, plus there's the link with the rowan tree. Freya is nice too but overdone and somewhat faddy; I've taught loads over the past few years.

Love Rowan smile.

shallweshop Sun 03-Feb-13 21:35:29

I like Rowan.

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