From Old Norse Freyja
meaning "lady". This was the name of the goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology
. She claimed half of the heroes who were slain in battle and brought them to her realm of Fólkvangr. Along with her brother Freyr
and father Njord
, she was one of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir). Some scholars connect her with the goddess Frigg
This is not the usual spelling in any of the Scandinavian languages (in Sweden and Denmark it is Freja
and in Norway it is Frøja
) but it is the common spelling of the goddess's name in English. In the 2000s it became popular in Britain.