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Althea meaning and name origin
Althea \a-lthea, al-thea\ as a girl's 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 has 9 variant forms: Altha, Althaea, Althaia, Altheda, Althelia, Althia, Eltha, Elthea and Thea.
Baby names that sound like Althea are Alithea and Alathea.
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Popularity of Althea
Althea is a very popular first name for women (#790 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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