Will Vikings Ransack My Daughters' Names?
It makes perfect sense that parents who love Freya would also be drawn to Thora—and not, as you point out, just because they face the twilight of the gods together. Both names are short and impactful, clearly feminine but full of brisk, strong sounds, and contain a mix of soft and harsh elements. They fit together beautifully without rhyming or obvious repetition. Their shared Scandinavian heritage is a point of obvious union, but no more remarkable than a pair of sisters named Francesca and Gabriella or Bernadette and Jacqueline.
(All of the above, by the way, are feminizations of masculine names—as are many traditional female names. And none of them, I’m sure, sound the slightest bit masculine.)
Avid Norse mythology fans will probably comment on the shared Viking legacy of the pair. But honestly, how many people like that do you bump into on a regular basis? How many Americans have heard of the name Freya, let alone recognize her as the goddess of beauty? Or immediately associate the feminine Thora with the male Thor? And if someone has read enough Norse myths to immediately connect your daughters' names with Yggdrasil, aren't they likely to enjoy and appreciate them even more? A simple conversation will correct their impression that you chose the name because of the mythology. But I doubt you'll often need to have one.
Further, while coordinating siblings' names can feel like a momentous and important task to parents, situations in which your children appear as a pair are few and grow fewer as your children age. Holiday cards and mommy message boards bring sib-sets into prominence. But most often throughout their lives, your children—especially those of different ages—will be encountered as individuals. No one will wonder at Thora's first job whether she has a sibling with a goddess’s name.
You've found a name that you love, that feels significant to you and your husband, and that pairs nicely with your older child's name. Don’t let your fear of a few Vikings keep Freya and Thora apart.