We are expecting our third girl just after Christmas. I’m 95% sure we are going to call her Freya. Her sisters are Amelia Mae and Linnea Claire. (My 5% reservation with the name Freya is having three girls with names ending in “a”. Thoughts?) We are having a hard time coming up with middle names that sound good with Freya, our last name, and that we can agree on.
Our last name is 2 syllables and the first part sounds like “road” so any “R” names are out, especially names that start with “Ro”.
My husband does not want a middle name that starts with a vowel because he doesn’t think it flows with Freya. He also doesn’t want a middle name that starts with “C” or “K” because he thinks the initials FCR or FKR looks like the initials for a curse word…… that’s unfortunate because I like Catherine, Charlotte, and Kate for MN options.
I lean towards more traditional/classic middle names. I prefer feminine names, but may consider a gender neutral name for the middle name. We don’t have any family names or family members we plan on honoring. We just want something we like and sounds nice together. Some names we’ve considered:
Freya Jean- My husband’s favorite. I liked it initially until I googled it and there is a company that sells Freya jeans. One of my best friends also recently used Jeanne as a middle name. Another similar option is Jane but a family member chose that for a middle name last year. There is also June, but I don’t know about June. Plus, we already have a Mae as a middle name, so I don’t want a monthly theme.
Freya Madeline- We both like it, but not sure if it’s too long/hard to say. We’re just not sold.
Freya Elise- I love the name Elise. My husband doesn’t like it because it starts with a vowel. Elise is also my runner up first name if we decided against Freya.
Freya Louise- I think this is a cute combo. My husband doesn’t love it.
Freya Belle- I think this is another cute combo. My husband doesn’t like it because of Beauty and the Beast.
Freya Isabelle- Another one I like that my husband doesn’t. Grumble.
Other names we’ve decided against are: Beth, Violet, Marie, Noelle, Evelyn, Olivia, Grace, Cecelia, Joy, Hope, and Lillian. My middle name is Elizabeth so I’d avoid that as well.
Anyways, if you have any thoughts on our above options or if you think of other names that fit our criteria I’d appreciate it. Thanks for your help!
I think three names ending in -a is fine, especially since you have four syllables, then three syllables, then two: it keeps the endings from standing out. I am more concerned with a pronunciation issue: do Linnea and Freya rhyme? I’ve been saying them linn-NAY-ah and FRAY-ah. I looked it up online (my only sources were a friend in college named Linnea and a memory of looking up Freya before), and found that Linnea can also be something more like LINN-nyah or LINN-nee-ah or even linn-NAY.
I like Freya Jean and have never heard of Freya jeans. Though now it is making me think of frayed jeans. I think a friend using Jeanne as a middle name is a non-issue. I think a family member using Jane as a middle name is a non-issue. I think Mae and June as middle names for sisters is another non-issue.
Freya Madeline seems great to me, not at all too long or difficult to say. I find it pleasing to say.
I have a harder time saying Freya Elise, but not very much harder. If your family doesn’t tend to say the first/middle combo aloud on a regular basis, then this sort of issue matters much less.
I agree with you on Freya Louise: my mom and I think Louise is one of the best middle names for saying aloud.
Well, let’s see if we can find more options:
I hope you will not be annoyed that I sneaked Ruth in there, against the no-R rule.
But I vote for Freya Madeline. You both like it, and I think it sounds great.