Freya is the goddess of love, death, beauty, fertility and war in Norse mythology, and the twin sister of Freyr. The name comes from Old Norse freyja meaning “lady” which comes from Proto-Germanic *frawjǭ (lady, wife of a lord) which derives from a PIE root word. There seems to be some thought that Freya and Frigg were once the same goddess (Frigg being the wife of Odin and goddess of marriage, childbirth, and the earth).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Freyja (Old Norse, Icelandic)
  • Freja (Danish, Swedish)
  • Frøya (Norwegian)


Male forms:

  • Freyr (Old Norse, Icelandic)
  • Frey (Old Norse)
  • Frej (Danish, Swedish)
  • Frøy (Norwegian)
  • Froy (English)



2 Comments Add yours

  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Any connection with Fay? Interesting.


    1. apolla13 says:

      No, Fay and Freya have two very different etymologies and meanings, though I suppose it wouldn’t be too much of a stress to assume Fay could be used as a nickname for Freya. I already made a post on Fay if you want to look it up:


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