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Caitlin or Freya

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Duchess007 Sun 26-Jul-15 12:20:55

Trying to choose a name for our second DC, not sure if it's a boy or girl. We have chosen a name for a boy but can't decide between these two - Caitlin and Freya.

Options are:
Caitlin Elizabeth
Caitlin Serena

Or Freya Elizabeth

Any opinions? DC1 has a lovely but quite unusual name, so I am worried Freya in particular is too popular.

StevieJo Sun 26-Jul-15 12:45:48

Particularly with Caitlin Jenner most likely increasing the names popularity (I already know a Caitlin and Kaitlyn) I would go with Freya, Freya Elizabeth is beautiful

NotReallyAPrincess Sun 26-Jul-15 12:53:51

Both names are lovely but Freya just edges ahead with that middle name too.

If I ever have a DD Freya is one of my top choices too.

Girlwithnotattoos Sun 26-Jul-15 12:55:38

Freya is lovely but very popular at the moment I know of 3 Freya's born in the last 2 years.

dobedobedo Sun 26-Jul-15 12:58:07

I much prefer Caitlyn. I know of three dogs called Freya so that's the only reason why I don't like it!

GrizzlebertGrumbledink Sun 26-Jul-15 13:05:37

I love Caitlin! Would be my choice if I had a daughter but would then have a Will and Kate... Maybe not.

MrsAukerman Sun 26-Jul-15 13:07:55

Love Caitlin. Seems elegant. Freya seems a little chavvy nowadays.

MamaLazarou Sun 26-Jul-15 14:01:05

I don't like either of them but of the two, would choose Freya as I really dislike the Anglicised pronunciation of Caitlyn.

Allalonenow Sun 26-Jul-15 14:08:55

Freya Elizabeth is very lovely.

Caitlyn seems a bit old fashioned now to me.

sweetpeame Sun 26-Jul-15 19:23:04

I don't much like either but Freya is preferable. Although in saying that I'm getting a little bored of hearing of little girls called Freya. They're popping up all over the place.

ButterDish Sun 26-Jul-15 19:53:59

Freya. Caitlin is a terrible Americanised version of a name that is actually pronounced, roughly, Kathleen, or Kotychleen. It should clearly be spelled Kate-Lynne if used.

SophiesDog Sun 26-Jul-15 19:57:53

I don't think I could bear to use Caitlyn after the recent publicity, so Freya would win for me.

Issie339 Sun 26-Jul-15 20:09:04

I think Caitlin is lovely so that would be my choice. Freya is also lovely though.

barbecue Sun 26-Jul-15 20:17:45

Caitlin Serena

Dreya Sun 26-Jul-15 20:42:24

No contest. Freya. It's on my list too smile

Bin85 Sun 26-Jul-15 20:44:30

Freya is much better

cece Sun 26-Jul-15 21:36:34

It depends on how you say Caitlyn

Kate-Lyn - not so much

Cat - Lyn - lovely

Freya - nice but popular if that sort of thing bothers you.

ButterflyOfFreedom Sun 26-Jul-15 22:24:09

Both were on our long list for our DD but DH vetoed them in the end!
I like them though and if I had to chose I'd say Freya, just!

Sophronia Sun 26-Jul-15 23:28:27

I'm not keen on either, but Freya is the better of the two.

Stingingthistle Sun 26-Jul-15 23:31:45

I love Freya. I don't think it's all that popular and definitely not "chavvy" as someone said upthread. For me it doesn't have any particular class connotations.

Caitlin seems a bit dated American, though is ok. Freya is far nicer.

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Duchess007 Wed 29-Jul-15 17:49:13

Thanks for all the opinions! Still finding it hard to decide. Sounds like Freya is slightly more popular than Caitlin. May check how popular Freya is on the 2014 baby names list once it comes out in August and see if it rules it in/out, given that it needs to sit well with DC1's quite unusual name.
Thanks again thanks

TheGirlAtTheRockShow Wed 29-Jul-15 19:01:17

I vote Caitlin. I'm biased though

Caldini22 Sun 02-Aug-15 07:43:06

I like Caitlin, not a fan of Freya and there are lots of them where I live whereas Caitlin I think is a bit more unusual.

WizardOfToss Sun 02-Aug-15 08:12:54

Freya is nice. How are you pronouncing Caitlin? As an Irish name, or the American version? Either is pretty, but the Irish (correct!) version will lead to issues if you are in the UK, because people will constantly mispronounce it.

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