Meaning and Name Origin
Althea \a-lthea, al-thea\ 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.
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. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Althea and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Althea are Aleta, Aletha, Altha and Thea (#776 the previous year). Usage of these girl names reached its peak during 1880-1889 and is now significantly less, with the forms Aleta, Aletha, Altha and Althea becoming less trendy. Thea (#776) is the most trendy baby name here, with this name enjoying a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)