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Freya or Caitlin

(33 Posts)
mummytobemaybe Sat 18-Mar-17 21:25:26

Friends mother is having a baby due in 2 weeks and they can't decide.
Also haven't got a middle name so suggestions would be helpful

Sophronia Sat 18-Mar-17 21:58:13


balia Sat 18-Mar-17 22:00:01

I like Freya better, but I do know a few already, it's kind of fashionable at the moment.

BarInSpace Sat 18-Mar-17 22:02:50

I like both equally! Whichever they choose, could the other be the middle name, so either Freya Caitlin, or Caitlin Freya?

C4Envelope Sat 18-Mar-17 22:05:27

I have honestly never met a Caitlin I didnt like. grin

speakfriendandenter Sat 18-Mar-17 22:14:09

I have a Freya, she is 2. When we had her lots of people (including MIL) thought we had made the name up lol. Now I know of quite a few Freyas.

crapfatbanana Sat 18-Mar-17 22:53:35

Caitlin pronounced Kate-Lin or Cat-leen? I prefer the latter, otherwise Freya.

Glossolalia Sat 18-Mar-17 23:06:40

Freya is lovely

Mrsknackered Sat 18-Mar-17 23:19:15

Biased as my gorgeous best friend is Caitlin and I absolutely love it.
Freya is very nice too, but quite a few around.

Joeybee Sat 18-Mar-17 23:35:57

Freya. It's getting a popular name i think, but i can see why, it's lovely. Caitlin is way too dated, and it annoys me that there are so many spellings of it.

purpleme12 Sat 18-Mar-17 23:39:20

I love Caitlin but i reckon it would be shortened to Kate and i like the unusual names. I wouldn't want it shortened to Kate. But all my opinion!

reuset Sun 19-Mar-17 00:27:23


SuperBeagle Sun 19-Mar-17 03:40:54


I've never liked the name Caitlin. On the other hand, Freya is what I'd name another daughter, if I ever had one.

ThaliaLuxurySpa Sun 19-Mar-17 03:51:26

Freya, definitely. smile

Ticks all the right boxes:

Goddess of love and beauty, and also the amazing and feisty Freya Stark as a namesake!
(And if you're still after a middle name: hers, Madeline, is pretty?).

TwoDogs9 Sun 19-Mar-17 03:53:59

Love the name Caitlin! Not so keen on Freya.

RuthB4 Sun 19-Mar-17 06:16:31

I prefer Freya to Caitlin. But it's very popular. How about Faye instead?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 19-Mar-17 07:58:40

Freya Ellen
Freya Louisa
Freya Suzanne
Freya Eve
Freya Lily

Knifegrinder Sun 19-Mar-17 08:09:13

I'll be this thread's Irish person who points out that Caitlin is actually Cáitlín, pronounced roughly Koyt-leen or Kotch-leen. Caitlin pronounced Kate-Lynne is an American mispronunciation gone mainstream -- unsurprisingly, there's even a baby names website with Frank McCourt mispronouncing it.

So, Freya.

ILikeSalmon Sun 19-Mar-17 08:23:54

I have a 10 year old Freya and get lots of compliments on her name

Yika Sun 19-Mar-17 08:30:00

Both lovely names but Caitlin is less popular so that's the one I'd pick.

Caitlin Frieda
Caitlin Mary
Caitlin Martha

n0ne Sun 19-Mar-17 08:48:35

Love Freya but it's too popular for me to use it. If that doesn't bother you, go for it.

Mrsknackered Sun 19-Mar-17 10:04:05

Knifegrinder although it is incorrect, without the accents it wouldn't be pronounced like that and it is used so frequently spelt that way and pronounced that way that no one will bat an eyelid.
Both the Caitlin's I know are Irish and pronounce it cate-lin

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 19-Mar-17 10:17:57


BaymaxismyHero Sun 19-Mar-17 19:53:48


butteredbanana Sun 19-Mar-17 19:59:16

Thank you knife
I have a child with a name regularly 'unusually spelt' parents being creative and it slightly gets up my nose.
Freya is so popular that in our local village school ( of 100 pupils) there are three! grin

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