What is wrong with 'Freya'?

(60 Posts)
craigslittleangel Tue 05-Feb-13 00:28:31

I'm pregnant with DD 2 and although I had a name for my first, in the end she didn't suit it and her dad named her. I love the name and the reason for its choice (named after a character in mythology and a painting), but discovered after her registration that it was in the top 10 for that year. Not normally a problem, untill she started nursery and there were 3 others there. (Although all spelt differently).

So, with DD2 I am determined to get something not so much 'of its time'.

The other day I heard someone call 'Freya' and thought it was lovely. It's stayed with me and has beaten my other option Elanor. However, it seems its very popular at the moment..... People are even being derisive about it.

So, tell me whats wrong with it? Don't worry, I'm not stuck on it for life or anything like that, I would just like to understand why some people don't like it.

deleted203 Tue 05-Feb-13 00:43:53

I quite like it. It makes me think of strapping blonde Viking maidens though grin. If you have a little dainty dark haired elf it might not fit perhaps?

The best advice I can give you about names is to never, EVER tell anyone the ones you are considering beforehand. Because there will always be people who hoot in derision and shriek, 'For God's Sake! No!' at you. We've all got different tastes.

If, however, you produce your offspring and announce proudly, 'We've named him Montmorency' people will smile weakly and say, 'Goodness. How unusual'. No one dares make rude remarks once you've named the child. And anyway, what's it matter what other folks think? If you and DH like it then go for it! smile

LittleBlueBox Tue 05-Feb-13 00:58:57

I love Freya! I do hear a bit of derision about it on mn sometimes but I take it as because Freya seems like a very popular name in the UK at the moment.

We don't tell people what names are on our short list for exactly the reasons sowornout says. People's tastes differ and you're naming your baby, not anyone else's. When people ask me I say, "Oh, we haven't decided yet, but we have a long list of names we're not going to call it. Do you want to help add to that?" Then we all have a great time agreeing that Ch'do-nae Blossom, and Nepshut Aragon are not the best names around.

deleted203 Tue 05-Feb-13 01:03:09

grin @ LittleBlue I LOVE Nepshut Aragon now! I feel I was sadly unimaginative with my DCs names!

Shanghaidiva Tue 05-Feb-13 01:07:28

Agree with sowornout - announce the name once the baby has arrived.
I think Freya is a lovely name.
Also love Eleanor. We would have used it for our dd, but we were living in Austria at the time and it can be difficult to pronounce in German so went with Helena.

amazingmumof6 Tue 05-Feb-13 02:37:38

Freya's a nice name. go for it

retrocutie Tue 05-Feb-13 03:08:46

I detest the name Freya (you did ask). I am sure it is a perfectly nice name, but all the Freya's I know have parents who are always banging on about how 'middle-class' they are. It's just one of those names. Sorry. Maybe it's just the people I know.

Sasparillo Tue 05-Feb-13 05:23:38

Its okay, my other half hates it though. Whenever he hears it he always says 'Freya Tuck!' but he's an idiot though! Lol. I know of 3 Freya's under 4 so fairly popular in my area. Perfectly nice name if you're going to use it xx

Rhubarbgarden Tue 05-Feb-13 07:17:05

I think it's lovely.

MidnightMasquerader Tue 05-Feb-13 08:45:51

I'm not a fan. It's just so <meh>

And as I said on another thread - very, very of its time and will date. I envisage it as the equivalent of our generation's Lisa or Michelle.

extracrunchy Tue 05-Feb-13 08:47:29

I love Freya!

I like the name Freya. However, if you read the myth of Freya and how she had sex with lots of dwarves just to get her necklace back, I think it's quite a loaded name to give a child!

saycheeeeeese Tue 05-Feb-13 09:04:08

Im not a fan if Freya its pretty commonly used here.. what about Freyda? Its much much nicer IMO

Mosman Tue 05-Feb-13 09:07:45

I have a blonde blue'd Freya who is a delicate little flower, I know another blonde cherub called Freya who is equally gorgeous.

Unfortunately I also know two other dark haired, built like a brick shithouse girls called Freya too.

I'm quite happy for it to be "of the time" it is the time and so along with Poppy, Lily, Lexi it will date confused

Revive a 60's name like Lisa or Michelle if you want something out there.

whatyoulookinat Tue 05-Feb-13 09:08:17

Nothing wrong with it. I neither love it or hate it. Just a perfectly good name. Don't let other people put you off, there are far worse names around at the moment.

MonaLotte Tue 05-Feb-13 09:09:08

I know two Freyas under five and like the name. Both my dcs names are common but I don't mind as I like the names.
We were set on Ethan for ds1 but when he was born he didn't look like one so we named him something else. Ds2 looked like the name we had chosen. I would and see.

LineRunner Tue 05-Feb-13 09:13:57

Freya is a lovely name.

Eleanor (regular spelling) seems popular on MN although in RL it isn't that common, really.

mummytime Tue 05-Feb-13 09:15:33

I know quite a few Freyas so its definitely not one to go for rarity value. If you mean to spell Elanor like that, it will be miss-spelt frequently, it is also close to the Ellie group of names which is pretty common.

I also find it weird that I know two very "Christian" families who have a daughter called Freya, a pagan god name seems an odd choice.

60s names are probably good for unusual names.

TenthMuse Tue 05-Feb-13 10:36:02

There's nothing wrong with Freya per se but I'm not a huge fan, probably because I'm a teacher and have taught so many Freyas recently. I think a lot of people (myself included) tend to get a little jaded about names they hear a lot, especially if they're very 'of their time'. Once you've met your tenth or eleventh Freya (or any other popular name), it becomes over-familiar and you stop seeing its attractive or interesting qualities (like its mythological origins).

That said, if you've decided that Freya is the name for you, don't let anyone persuade you otherwise. I'd second other posters who have suggested keeping your chosen name to yourself - you'll never get unanimous agreement on names, and the people who have the most vehement opinions are often those closest to us (especially mothers!). If you really love it, use it.

badtime Tue 05-Feb-13 10:47:57

I believe 'Elanor' is the Lord of the Rings spelling. Elinor or Eleanor are more usual. I prefer this name to Freya.

shoobidoo Tue 05-Feb-13 10:57:09

Personally, I don't like Freya much. I much prefer Eleanor - more elegant, classy and timeless. But thankfully we all have different tastes smile.

ouryve Tue 05-Feb-13 11:00:53

I love it. It was one of my choices for DS1's middle name, had he been a girl. It wasn't at all popular a decade ago, though.

Both DS1's and DS2's names became a lot more popular after I chose them.

Narked Tue 05-Feb-13 11:02:55

Freakonomics. It was popular in the Telegraph birth announcements in the 90s.

Viviennemary Tue 05-Feb-13 11:04:38

Well I don't like it I'm afraid. It conjures up for me a certain type of person who would call their child that. Well you did ask. I don't mean to insult anyone but it's just the way I feel.

Jasbro Tue 05-Feb-13 11:05:31

I wouldn't choose it myself as it is one of those names that has already passed through it's unique and trendy stage and has started becoming ubiquitous in middle class areas. I have the feeling it will either fall out of favour again (meaning it will date), or start spreading downwards through the social classes in the next few years and become even more common.

monica77798 Tue 05-Feb-13 11:06:27

How will Lisa and Michelle date? I would have thought they are fairly timeless names, and I certainly don't think either are dated. Nothing wrong with Freya, go for it if you like it!

Lostonthemoors Tue 05-Feb-13 11:07:02

Much prefer:


I don't like Freya personally - don't like the way it sounds and think it's faddy. But if you love it you should use it - what does it matter what we think.

Chocaholics Tue 05-Feb-13 11:10:20

I like Freya, think it is a lovely name and actually only know one child called Freya so isn't very popular where I live. Eleanor/Ellie/Nell are very popular here though!

aufaniae Tue 05-Feb-13 11:11:14

DP really wanted Freya for DC1 (who turned out to be a DS!).

I wasn't keen as it seemed to be becoming really popular. Depends if that matters to you really.

amck5700 Tue 05-Feb-13 11:47:54

I know a Freija rather than Freya. What is you other daughter called? I like Eleanor better.

tbh - I am not really sure if I like Freya or not and I am not sure why.

amck5700 Tue 05-Feb-13 11:51:11

You could go for a classic that whilst it wont be unused, it wont date.

Maybe something like:


Sashapineapple Tue 05-Feb-13 13:16:28

I don't like Freya, it's just so boring and overused like Amelia, Ellie and Olivia. I also think those names are going to date pretty quickly.

Mosman Tue 05-Feb-13 13:53:56

How rude shock

Shybairns Tue 05-Feb-13 14:58:11

I love Freya. And what's wrong with being middle class?
Its a beautiful name. For some reason I associate it with blonde haired girls/women?!

AyeOopMoose Tue 05-Feb-13 15:12:53

This thread has made me laugh.

It conjures up for me a certain type of person who would call their child that

What type of person? I'd love to know if I fit that stereotype grin

As for it being of the time....well yes, we are of that time and the girl who is named at that time was born then!

Before I had DC I had several very unusual names that I loved but with each DC I've actually gone for names that are in the Top 20. Not intentional but just liked the sound of the names. I'm glad that I haven't burdened them with a name that gets raised eyebrows.

Just go for a name that you like. Your DD will grow into it.

Yay4may Tue 05-Feb-13 15:23:11

I'd like to hear what that 'certain type of person' is as well. I too don't get the distaste for Freya beyond the popularity problem.

what about Frida? I love Elinor or Elinora

atthewelles Tue 05-Feb-13 16:42:00

I like it but if you're after something 'not so much of its time' I'm not sure its the best choice. It does seem to have grown in popularity in the last few years.
To me, timeless names would be names like Catherine, Helen, Elizabeth, Jane, Jennifer, or Clare. Never particularly in or out of fashion but always a few around.
Otherwise, as a couple of posters have suggested, you're going to have to go back a bit in time but not back far enough to hit the current 'old lady' trend.

Viviennemary Tue 05-Feb-13 19:04:28

Ignore me! I don't even know anybody called Freya. Or who has a child called Freya. But it conjures up a middle class, 4 x 4 driver, always made-up to the nines and wears Boden. I'm probably way out. grin

Coconutty Tue 05-Feb-13 19:12:35

I think it's a very fugly sounding name. I think its the hard F sound. I've never met a nice one either, which doesn't help.

AngelaCatalano Tue 05-Feb-13 19:42:01

I know loads of under fours and have only ever met one Freya. Guess it's just not that popular around here.

I quite like it, but prefer Freida or Frances FWIW.

CityDweller Tue 05-Feb-13 19:51:20

There's nothing 'wrong' with Freya, but I'm pesonally not a fan of it. a) a brand of underwear, b) sounds like a wimpy, whiny girly-girl's name. But, that's just me. And names are highly personal things. If you love it, go for it.

craigslittleangel Tue 05-Feb-13 20:00:57

I'm not the least upset with the opinions. As has been said, I did ask. None of the comments have put me off the name, I was just interested in opinion.

I seriously do not know any child with the name, but it seems to get a lot of comments. I'm beginning to feel its like marmite.

I don't drive a 4x4, but I am beginning to see your point. Although, I think my first DD's name might conjour that image up wink

craigslittleangel Tue 05-Feb-13 20:02:07

Oh, and thanks to my OH insisting we go with the Italian spelling of my first DD's name, I am happy to go with the very traditional spellings of any names I chose!

Minty82 Tue 05-Feb-13 20:13:33

I've never met anyone called Freya, and the only one I've even heard of was an old colleague's teenage daughter who must be about 20 by now, so it doesn't seem faddy to me. I think it's pretty and inoffensive - I don't adore it but it's a perfectly nice name.

kerala Tue 05-Feb-13 20:30:52

Its just not an attractive sound to me. Its popular too and coloured by the fact that the ones i know are all pretty awful. Sorry.

Prefer Frieda (as in Kahlo) but again I know an adorable one with a lovely arty hippy mother so utterly biased opinion.

Calmisthemantra Tue 05-Feb-13 20:30:54

My dd is called Freya, she's almost 1. DH and I can across the name when watching the tv series 'Any human heart' with Jim Broadbent about 3 years ago. We always said if we had a girl that would be her name. Never knew another Freya until after she was born and now they're everywherehmm

Also being a teacher i'd never taught one. Now pregnant again and in a name quandary.

Tranquilitybaby Tue 12-Feb-13 22:35:20

I really like the sound of the name Freya but not so keen on the way it reads iyswim.

echidnakid Tue 12-Feb-13 23:23:04

There is nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Nice, classic name and not "of its time" in my opinion. Ignore all the class stereotyping too.

Skyebluesapphire Tue 12-Feb-13 23:29:04

Friend's DD is called Freya, she is about 10yo, dark haired. friend is a single mother, works in admin, drives an old banger.

nurseneedshelp Tue 12-Feb-13 23:39:02

Love it! I dont know anyone with that name????

wiltingfast Tue 12-Feb-13 23:41:42

I don't know of any Freyas but I don't like the name. I just don't like how it sounds and it feels incomplete.

That's a totally personal reaction obviously!

qumquat Wed 13-Feb-13 22:36:11

I think it's a brilliant name. It's not top 10 so can't be that popular. I've never met one and I know loads of littlies.

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Thu 14-Mar-13 23:30:04

mosman really don't like dark hair eh? wink

williaminajetfighter Fri 15-Mar-13 22:12:11

Agree with some of the others. It's a bit twee and just a tiny bit precious like Amelie and Isabella.

To me it's just a name that conjures up a certain type of girl who gets cross at mummy and stamps her feet when pony riding lessons are cancelled.

Sorry - all names have associations for people and that's mine!

Coconutty Fri 15-Mar-13 22:15:03

To me, it's an ugly name. Looks ugly written down and sounds ugly when said. Sorry, but you did ask.

piprabbit Fri 15-Mar-13 22:16:16

I like Freya - but there are an awful lot of them about.

Viviennemary Fri 15-Mar-13 22:48:03

It's quite a pretty sounding name. But my opinion is that it's very much of the moment. Class 2013. And will date. But that's only what I think. I might well be wrong.

itinerant Fri 15-Mar-13 22:57:27

I have a Freya, don't drive a 4 x 4, can't stand Boden, but am very middle class wink

My Freya is petite, dark haired and slightly mad. I love her grin

louisianablue2000 Fri 15-Mar-13 23:07:53

I love the name, and seriously considered it until I realised it was gaining in popularity, I think it's now in the top 20. It was a name we considered because of my heritage and I didn't want people to think we'd just gone for a popular name.

We were going to call DS Frida if he'd been a girl.

TheKelda Sat 16-Mar-13 00:21:05

I love it. I'm slightly biased though as it's my baby dd's middle name.

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