[ 2 syll. fre-ya, fr-eya ] The baby girl name Freya is pronounced as FREY-ah- or FR-IYYaa †. Freya is used chiefly in English, German, and Scandinavian, and it is derived from Old Norse origins. It is from the element 'frowe' which is of the meaning mistress, lady. Frea (Old Norse) and Freyja (Old Norse) are original forms of the name. The name was borne in Norse mythology by the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, witchcraft, and death; she was also the wife of Odin. The name of the day Friday is derived from her name. The name Freya has been used occasionally by English speakers from the end of the 19th century, traditionally in Shetland and Scotland.
Variants of Freya used in other languages include Fray (Scandinavian), Freia (German and Scandinavian), Freija (Dutch and German), Freja (German and Scandinavian), Freyra (Slavic), and Froja (Scandinavian). The contracted form Frey (Scandinavian) is another foreign variant.
Freya is uncommon as a baby name for girls. It is not listed within the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Freya: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"