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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!!
SIL is named Rowen (this spelling). MIL and FIL believe her to be the only person in the world with this spelling, and were really genuinely surprised when she said she'd recently met someone with a daughter named Rowhen (and no, that's not a typo either!). They kept saying "don't you mean Rowena? Or RowAn?"
I had Rowan on my boys name list and like it a lot. It would definitely work on a girl though I think you'll get people saying "isn't that a boys name?" a fair bit which may or may not bother you. I think the poster above is right re people thinking the en ending is feminine because of the Welsh naming wyn/wen thing but that doesn't apply here so I'd go with the traditional Rowan.
I really like Freya and disagree that it will date as its "of an era" I think of it as more of a classic, timeless name. I don't know any but I don't live in the UK. That said, none of my UK friends are called Freya or have children called Freya either.
As a former "must be outside the top 100!" name Nazi, I have recently decided that is a ridiculous position and that loving the name tops all else. So as a born-again I now say just choose what you love and to hell with popularity and/or friends' opinions.