Still can't decide...Baby is 6 days old!

(66 Posts)
Shellywelly1973 Sun 09-Feb-14 22:49:05

I'm down to two names Freya or Grace.

I was really keen on Freya but I'm worried it's too fashionable.

I more recently started to conside Grace...but is it too popular?

What do you think?

VoldysGoneMouldy Sun 09-Feb-14 22:51:17

So what you're saying is both of them are pretty popular. Which, then, do you prefer? smile

I have never met a baby called either, for what it's worth.

eltsihT Sun 09-Feb-14 22:55:51

We were going to have a freja (Icelandic spelling) but changed our minds when I realised I knew 6 Freya's under 5.

I think grace is a very pretty name.

Tea1Sugar Sun 09-Feb-14 23:56:13

Love Gracie fwiw

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Mon 10-Feb-14 00:01:33

I would choose Freya, as Grace is one of the names I have an irrational dislike of (the others being Alice, Pippa & Petra FWIW).

Sorry, I realise that may be little help!

Shellywelly1973 Mon 10-Feb-14 00:02:52

I like them both...i know of a little girl called Grace but I've never met a Freya.

This actually gets harder the longer it goes on!

extracrunchy Mon 10-Feb-14 00:03:41

Definitely Freya!

Mrswellyboot Mon 10-Feb-14 00:08:35

I like Grace. It's timeless.

LizLemongrass Mon 10-Feb-14 00:11:24


Freya appeared almost from nowhere and that is never good (tracy, wayne) . I like it! But would chhoose grace over freya.

Shellywelly1973 Mon 10-Feb-14 00:31:47

Tea1sugar I like Gracie too - though would have Grace on her birth certificate.

I've never shortened or adapted any of the other dc's names but if I go for the name Grace, I might well consider calling her Gracie.

DaleyBump Mon 10-Feb-14 00:41:55

Toss a coin ;)

I like Grace smile

Saharap2 Mon 10-Feb-14 00:50:59

Ahh I absolutely love both! Sorry not very helpful but both gorgeous names so I don't think you'll be making a bad decision either way. Can you use one as the middle name?

RunRabbit Mon 10-Feb-14 00:54:03

Have you tried saying the names to her and see if there's any reaction?
I know she's only 6 days old but you might get a smile or yawn.

Or does she suit one name more than the other?

TheZeeTeam Mon 10-Feb-14 00:55:37

I always loved Grace right up until there was an annoying Grace on BB one year. That's long gone though, so go with Grace!

louismama Mon 10-Feb-14 01:05:49

I prefer Grace too as it is elegant and timeless, but is it makes you feel better my DS2 was 5 and half weeks before we could agree on a name! Worth taking your time over I still love all 3 of mine (name choices that is obviously I love the children) We had silly nickmanes for them till we decided ie DD was sweetpea for ages, and DS1 Moto after a ad that was about at the time.

Dovahkiin Mon 10-Feb-14 02:12:37

Definitely Grace - beautiful and timeless

And congratulations!

SqutterNutBaush Mon 10-Feb-14 02:16:35

Both are very popular in our area but Grace less so.

I know 4 Freya's and 2 Grace/Gracie's

Annakin31 Mon 10-Feb-14 02:49:05

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aGirlDownUnder1 Mon 10-Feb-14 06:17:21

Definitely Grace, but I'm slightly biased as DD is Gracie. I like Freya too.

CheerfulYank Mon 10-Feb-14 06:19:19

Grace. Won't date, Freya will.

Timetoask Mon 10-Feb-14 06:44:36

I love Grace.

Longdistance Mon 10-Feb-14 07:06:18

I love the name Grace, we couldn't use it as our surname starts with Gr. Good luck with whichever you decide.

TamerB Mon 10-Feb-14 07:22:13

Both nice. Why does popularity matter if you like them? You might pick something unusual and find it in the top ten by the time she starts school!

TamerB Mon 10-Feb-14 07:23:34

I know an Evie, it was very unusual when she was named but now I know masses of them.

BethGoLightly Mon 10-Feb-14 07:25:54

Both really lovely, I marginally prefer Grace. Perhaps choose the name that seems to suit your baby the most or the one you prefer to say to her.

PenelopeLane Mon 10-Feb-14 07:31:43

They are both popular enough that you are probably likely to come across other children called both names, so you might as well just pick the one you like the most.

fideline Mon 10-Feb-14 08:18:06

Grace is beautiful. I think Freya, although lovely, will 'date' quite quickly.

Yama Mon 10-Feb-14 08:21:30

The only Freya I have ever met was a child when I was at uni (20 years ago).

I loved it then and love it now.

Grace is fine but much more popular where I live (Scotland).

BikeRunSki Mon 10-Feb-14 08:27:21

Grace is a terrible name to live with of you are not delicate and graceful! The two adult Graces I know use their middle names for this reason.

RalphRecklessCardew Mon 10-Feb-14 08:35:19

Grace is beautiful, but a tough one to carry off if you're a bit awkward or can't dance. So I'd go for Freya.

LadyMacbethWasMisunderstood Mon 10-Feb-14 09:10:32

I have a Grace. She is sometimes Gracie. It is popular but is a beautiful timeless name.

Lottystar Mon 10-Feb-14 11:07:28

Freya, Grace is too popular at the moment. If that doesn't bother you than just go with the name you like the best smile

squoosh Mon 10-Feb-14 11:12:34

Both nice popular names but I can't believe people are saying Grace won't date. Every second girl born in the past seven years has Grace somewhere in her name, it will absolutely date. Not that that needs to put you off.

Out of the two I'd go for Freya.

winterhat Mon 10-Feb-14 11:34:54

Grace, definitely!

Grace is the meaning for Anne/Anna/Hannah so I'd go for one of those grin

I'm not a Freya fan I'm afraid.

Shellywelly1973 Mon 10-Feb-14 12:20:56

Thanks for so many replies!

My mother's name is Anne so that would b fittin...

My other dc have VERY unusual names. Like my oldest dc was the only child with his name through all of school.

The thing is I like both names. Her middle name has already been decided as baby's grandmother died during my pregnancy so I always said I'd give baby mil name.

After reading the replies I probably... probably will go for Grace.


SoonToBeSix Mon 10-Feb-14 12:27:18

Don't like Freya at all it reminds me of cheese. Grace is lovely.

That would be nice and then technically she has been named after both Grandmothers. smile

It does mean however that you can't have any more children unless of course they are boys and you can name after both Granddads! grin

Homebirthquestion Mon 10-Feb-14 12:34:18

They are both very popular and will date your child (not saying that's a bad thing!) so just pick the one you prefer.

I've taught far more Graces.

I love Grace.

Freya makes me think of those pies in a can blush

Thisisanoutrage Mon 10-Feb-14 12:46:11

I prefer Freya.

TamerB Mon 10-Feb-14 13:28:12

Grace is a classic, it won't date your child. I prefer it to Freya.

Cocolikeschocolate Mon 10-Feb-14 13:34:27

Freya - so ethereal and feminine!

RaRa1988 Mon 10-Feb-14 14:01:27

I LOVE Freya (though prefer the Freja spelling personally - and did you know you can also spell it 'Freia'?), and I've never met anyone with that name either socially or through work (and I work for the NHS, so come into contact with a LOT of names). Probably depends on where you live. I don't think either are particularly common in my part of the NE.

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName Fri 14-Feb-14 05:05:25

When I couldn't pick I used both with our already chosen middle name!

NadiaWadia Fri 14-Feb-14 06:15:03

Grace is not really a classic and timeless, in the same way as say, Elizabeth. When I was young (80s) it was most definitely thought of as an 'old lady name' (I had ancient great aunts born in the 1890s named Grace). You probably wouldn't have chosen it for a baby in the 80s, people would have thought it strange.

It has come in again over the last 20 years, and has been so very popular this time around that I think, like squoosh said, that in a few years it will date again.

But if that doesn't bother you and you love it, then why not?

pilates Sat 15-Feb-14 07:52:26

I prefer Grace

MrsBungle Sat 15-Feb-14 07:59:11

Definitely grace

Coconutty Sat 15-Feb-14 08:02:52

If you can't choose between them maybe neither is right?

I don't like Freya and don't mind Grace.

salvadory Sat 15-Feb-14 08:18:14

Both lovely, I have a great aunt Freya who is 65 so it's not a fad name to me. Around here (the North West) I don't know any Freyas of my daughters ages (4 and 2). The ones I know are around 7 so I don't think it's ever going to be ubiquitous. No baby Graces either (a lot with middle name of Grace). I'd pick oh I can't choose either, maybe Grace but I lie Freya too (sounds a bit Scandi cool).

Spottybra Sat 15-Feb-14 08:19:56


I dislike Freya by an association with an awful child whose mother has no control over her at all.

wiltingfast Sat 15-Feb-14 10:20:46

I'm not keen on Freya, feely awkward on the tongue.

Grace is lovely.

A sort of combination if both - Greta?

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Davidhasselhoffstoecheese Sun 16-Feb-14 07:15:15

Grace is more popular

Davidhasselhoffstoecheese Sun 16-Feb-14 07:16:44

Gaia (gy-ah)

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Davidhasselhoffstoecheese Sun 16-Feb-14 07:23:24


I suggest you let your DD wear a name for a few days, then try a different name. Don't tell anyone

Hibou7688 Sun 16-Feb-14 11:37:09

I know a Freya Grace!

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Sun 16-Feb-14 13:42:56

I'm not a major fan of either, so in a way have an unbiased opinion I guess. I'd go for Grace. Freya is fashionable and has appeared from nowhere, I think it could easily end up as a Tracey-type name which completely dates. It's also actually not a massively nice sounding name really. It also has no good shortening - Frey? Ray?

Although I don't really like Grace it is a genuinely pleasant sound and meaning, Gracie is a sweet nn and it is a classic that won't ever really sound bad, even though it has been really popular these last 10 years or so.

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 16-Feb-14 17:02:51

I like both but think Grace just pips Freya.

Are you considering any other names?

PenguinsEatSpinach Sun 16-Feb-14 17:07:52

Not sure if you are saying that popularity bothers you? If so Gracia is Spanish and super rare?

brokenhearted55a Sun 16-Feb-14 19:02:50

I prefer Grace.

Freya reminds me of bras.

Mistletoenail3 Sun 16-Feb-14 19:20:43

Iprefer Freya
Grace reminds me ofa girl that I have known that was a spoilt bully!

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