Thoughts on Frida

My stepfather’s (the man who raised me) mother was [name_f]Frieda[/name_f]. I like the name [name_f]Frida[/name_f] (this spelling) quite a bit. DH has never liked it much, but it’ll be a while until we have a chance to use it, if ever, and he has been known to change his position on certain names over time.

What do you think of [name_f]Frida[/name_f]? What type of girl is she and what type of woman does she grow to be?

Is [name_f]Frida[/name_f] more wearable than [name_f]Frieda[/name_f]?
Freidel [Fray-dul, like dreidel]? [name_f]Freyda[/name_f]?
Is [name_f]Freia[/name_f] even recognizable as a variant or do you just see [name_f]Freya[/name_f]/Freyja?
[name_f]Do[/name_f] you like [name_u]Fritzi[/name_u] as a nickname or would she just be [name_f]Frida[/name_f].

Also, how does she pair with big sister [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f], “[name_f]Xanthe[/name_f]?” Would [name_f]Frida[/name_f] have to be relegated to the middle spot of little sister’s name?

First/middle combo suggestions using [name_f]Frida[/name_f] or any other variations welcome.

I think [name_f]Frida[/name_f] is rather pretty, but I must admit, I prefer [name_f]Frieda[/name_f]. It just seems a little bit more aesthetically pleasing for me, and how a name looks is a big part of what I’m picky about. [name_f]Freyda[/name_f] is also nice, however I don’t like it nearly as much.

I definitely don’t think [name_f]Freia[/name_f] works as a variant, it definitely looks more like a form of [name_f]Freya[/name_f]/Freyja to me, but I think [name_u]Fritzi[/name_u] makes for a nice nickname.

However, both [name_f]Frida[/name_f] and [name_u]Fritzi[/name_u] clash pretty noticeably with [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] nn [name_f]Xanthe[/name_f]. I would definitely be thrown off by sisters with those names, because [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] is very out there and unique, but [name_f]Frida[/name_f] feels vintage and old fashioned, she fits in more with [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] or [name_f]Henrietta[/name_f], whereas [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] fits in more with names like [name_f]Bluebell[/name_f] and [name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f].

Lots of questions!

I’m still hoping for your [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f], [name_f]Xanthe[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosy[/name_f]. :slight_smile:

[name_f]Friedegard[/name_f] would match [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] in size and substance, but [name_f]Frida[/name_f] not so much.

However, [name_f]Frederica[/name_f] would, and I am in love with that name. [name_f]Freda[/name_f] could be her nn or common name.

[name_f]Frida[/name_f] and [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] remind me of one another – I actually prefer [name_f]Freda[/name_f], though they’re all fine.

Unfortunately with the i first spellings, I simply think of [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f], which isn’t so much bad as it’s a very strong association like [name_f]Zelda[/name_f] [name_m]Fitzgerald[/name_m] or [name_f]Eudora[/name_f] Welty.

[name_f]Freya[/name_f]/[name_f]Freja[/name_f] are lovely names, but no match for [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f]. Though they are nice with [name_f]Xanthe[/name_f].

[name_u]Fritzi[/name_u] I find terrifying! :slight_smile: I just think of bad hair days.

Good [name_m]Luck[/name_m]!
[name_u]Leslie[/name_u]

[name_f]Frida[/name_f] is lovely!

I think it’s a lovely name. I know a toddler named [name_f]Frida[/name_f] (after [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f]), and it works well.

Like @lesliemarion, I also like [name_f]Frida[/name_f]/[name_f]Frieda[/name_f]/[name_f]Freda[/name_f] as a short form of [name_f]Frederica[/name_f]. I also like it for [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] or [name_f]Alfrida[/name_f]/Alfridh or [name_f]Alfreda[/name_f]/[name_f]Elfreda[/name_f] or [name_f]Elfrida[/name_f]/Elfride/Elfriede, though I think ‘[name_f]Elfie[/name_f]’ is great too).

All spellings are nice. As a stand-alone name, I might slightly prefer [name_f]Frida[/name_f] or [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] to [name_f]Freda[/name_f] or [name_f]Freyda[/name_f] (though I like the Yiddish connection of the last option if you have European Jewish heritage). I also think Freydis is pretty cool.

I think [name_f]Frida[/name_f] is possibly the more familiar spelling these days, and it’s also the common spelling (I believe - getting this from behindthename) in Scandanavia, while [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] is the more common English spelling historically and the more common in [name_m]German[/name_m]-speaking countries (maybe a couple of different etymologies going on, too).

I think [name_f]Frida[/name_f] would usually be pronounced “[name_u]FREE[/name_u]-duh” in most english speaking countries, while [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] might get “[name_m]FREY[/name_m]-duh” (through association with [name_f]Freida[/name_f]) sometimes.

I think it’s a lovely name. I know a toddler named [name_f]Frida[/name_f] (after [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f]), and it works well.

Like @lesliemarion, I also like [name_f]Frida[/name_f]/[name_f]Frieda[/name_f]/[name_f]Freda[/name_f] as a short form of [name_f]Frederica[/name_f]. I also like it for [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] or [name_f]Alfrida[/name_f]/Alfridh or [name_f]Alfreda[/name_f]/[name_f]Elfreda[/name_f] or [name_f]Elfrida[/name_f]/Elfride/Elfriede, though I think ‘[name_f]Elfie[/name_f]’ is great too).

All spellings are nice. As a stand-alone name, I might slightly prefer [name_f]Frida[/name_f] or [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] to [name_f]Freda[/name_f] or [name_f]Freyda[/name_f] (though I like the Yiddish connection of the last option if you have European Jewish heritage). I also think Freydis is pretty cool.

I think [name_f]Frida[/name_f] is possibly the more familiar spelling these days, and it’s also the common spelling (I believe - getting this from behindthename) in Scandanavia, while [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] is the more common English spelling historically and the more common in [name_m]German[/name_m]-speaking countries (maybe a couple of different etymologies going on, too).

I think [name_f]Frida[/name_f] would usually be pronounced “[name_u]FREE[/name_u]-duh” in most english speaking countries, while [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] might get “[name_m]FREY[/name_m]-duh” (through association with [name_f]Freida[/name_f]) sometimes.

I love the name [name_f]Frida[/name_f]! I think with this spelling it is very closely associated with the artist [name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f] (I love this artist, so that’s a good thing in my book).

“Is [name_f]Frida[/name_f] more wearable than [name_f]Frieda[/name_f]?”
I think [name_f]Frida[/name_f] is a bit more “wearable” than [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] because for both English and Romance language speakers the [name_f]Frida[/name_f] spelling is more straight-forward, and because so many people are familiar with [name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f]. That said, I love the meaning of the Germanic [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] (peaceful ruler), and this is of course the more “traditional” spelling (and actually is the original spelling for [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f]'s name, too). I also think the actress [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] Pinto brings it back into contemporary focus.

“Freidel [Fray-dul, like dreidel]? [name_f]Freyda[/name_f]?”
I find these variations less appealing than either [name_f]Frida[/name_f]/[name_f]Frieda[/name_f] or [name_f]Freya[/name_f]/Freyja. I’ve also never encountered either before, so I think the pronunciation/spelling questions would be much greater for these versions.

“Is [name_f]Freia[/name_f] even recognizable as a variant or do you just see [name_f]Freya[/name_f]/Freyja?”
I would assume it was a “[name_f]Freya[/name_f]” variation, probably.

“[name_f]Do[/name_f] you like [name_u]Fritzi[/name_u] as a nickname or would she just be [name_f]Frida[/name_f].”
I personally don’t care for [name_u]Fritzi[/name_u], and love [name_f]Frida[/name_f], so I’d stick with [name_f]Frida[/name_f] myself.

“Also, how does she pair with big sister [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f], “[name_f]Xanthe[/name_f]?” Would [name_f]Frida[/name_f] have to be relegated to the middle spot of little sister’s name?”
To me it is a very different style/feel than [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] or [name_f]Xanthe[/name_f], but I don’t think sibsets have to match.

[name_f]Frida[/name_f] makes me think of someone carefree and fun. It’s kind of a mom name to me but I think it would sound fresh and cute on a little girl
[name_f]Frieda[/name_f] would probably get misspelled/mispronounced more than [name_f]Frida[/name_f]
Not a fan of Freidel (sounds like an angry [name_m]German[/name_m] grandma or something to me) or [name_f]Freyda[/name_f]
I would definitely think [name_f]Freia[/name_f] is someone trying to use an ““easier”” or more ““creative””(in a bad way) spelling of [name_f]Freya[/name_f]
[name_u]Fritzi[/name_u] is a cat name imo, but you could call her that as a baby. Other nicknames you could use are just [name_u]Fee[/name_u],Fri (free) or [name_f]Ida[/name_f]
[name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] sounds much more elegant and girly than [name_f]Frida[/name_f], but [name_f]Frida[/name_f] and [name_f]Xanthe[/name_f] are lovely together so I’m not sure

I love [name_f]Frida[/name_f], but simply [name_f]Frida[/name_f]. I think [name_f]Freida[/name_f], [name_f]Frieda[/name_f], [name_f]Freyda[/name_f]… that all could get very confusing and with different forms of pronunciation. I’m not [name_m]German[/name_m], so [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] for me would be [name_m]Fried[/name_m]-ah, like fried chicken. [name_f]Freida[/name_f] would be Fray-da. Only [name_f]Frida[/name_f] would be [name_f]Frida[/name_f].

[name_f]Frida[/name_f] is a name that I love very much due to the connection to [name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f]. Because of that, a girl with this name would be guaranteed a strong, talented female role-model, someone who turned her pain into beautiful and extraordinary colors. [name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f] was also a very politically active person, a socialist, so there’s that. I consider myself to be one, so for me the association would be a huge plus. She has a quote that I really love and made me realize just how my husband was “the one” for me: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.”

Also, I really suggest seeing the biopic about [name_f]Frida[/name_f] with [name_f]Salma[/name_f] Hayek, maybe it’ll give you a greater feel of the person, the name and the colors attached to it. I think of bright reds, magenta and lime green.

Not really on topic but I just saw this and thought that [name_f]Hildegard[/name_f] “[name_f]Hildie[/name_f]” would be amazing with [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] (which I see you’ve decided on - gorgeous!). And [name_f]Hildegard[/name_f] Edelweiss . . . swoon

Im not a fan of [name_f]Frida[/name_f] as a first name. [name_f]Frieda[/name_f] as a middle name would be nice.

Thanks everybody for the feedback. Thinking it will probably have to be in the middle spot if I ever get the chance to use it.

Indeed, I have seen the film and loved it. [name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Kahlo[/name_f] is definitely the reason I prefer the [name_f]Frida[/name_f] spelling, and I do get those colors when I think of the name, too.

I adore [name_f]Frida[/name_f]! My father-in-law’s name is [name_m]Fred[/name_m] so I have thought about using [name_f]Frida[/name_f] as a way to honor him and specifically using the nickname [name_u]Fritzi[/name_u]! I like the [name_f]Frida[/name_f] spelling because it seems more straightforward.

While I do think there is a pretty drastic style difference between [name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f] “[name_f]Xanthe[/name_f]” and [name_f]Frida[/name_f], they are both kind of off-beat so they work well enough.

I’m honestly not a fan. I think of Fritos.