What does Althea mean?
Althea /al-thea/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced al-THEE-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Althea is "healing herb".
From Althaia, and of a different root from Alethea. The name is derived from a shrub that is also called a marshmallow. Greek mythology: mother of Meleager. The name was revived in the 17th century by poet Richard Lovelace, as a poetic name for his beloved. Tennis celebrity Althea Gibson.
How popular is Althea?
Althea is a very prominent first name for women (#790 out of 4276, Top 18%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Althea for girls. Althea reached its highest position of #404 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular related forms of Althea are Aleta, Aletha, Altha and Thea (#776 the previous year). Usage of these girl names reached its peak during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.28%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.0448%, 84% less), with the forms Aleta, Aletha, Altha and Althea becoming less trendy. Thea (#776) is the most trendy baby name here, and there is a rebound in baby name popularity for this name. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Althea and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)