Here’s a name you don’t see often! Frederica is an ultra-rare feminine form of Frederick, but she has some history. Frederica Charlotte was the wife of Prince Frederick, second son of King George III and Queen Charlotte.
Earlier this week I read Lady Susan, a short and obscure Jane Austen novel that was just released in cinemas as a movie called “Love and Friendship.” Lady Susan herself is intelligent, conniving, adulterous, and recently widowed. She has one child, a teenager by the name of Frederica. Mother and child do not have a good relationship by any means; Susan hates her daughter, whom she considers dull, and regarding Frederica her main concern is marrying her off (even and especially against her will). Frederica, however, is shown to be a sweet, bookish girl who’s terrified of her mother. I can’t wait to see the film, but I have to wonder if this is a case where reading the book before seeing the movie was a bad idea!
Frederica Vernon, from my reading, seems like she could be a decent namesake; I am curious as to whether the movie will give her name a boost. With the many thousands of names that appeared in the SSA data in 2015, Frederica was not one of them. Her last appearance was in 2013, with only 5 uses. Frederica hasn’t ever been a very popular name in the U.S., and while there are a few years in the late 19th-century and early 20th century where she made it into the top 1000, such years were sporadic. But, it’s definitely possible that having a recognizable pop culture influence will cause the name to experience even just a little resurgence.
Furthermore, I think Frederica has nickname potential:
I would love to see this name make a comeback. What do you think of Frederica?
Bonus: The actress playing Frederica is named Morfydd (!!!). Now *that* is a name I’d like to see in use.