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 is a very popular first name for females (#790 out of 4276, Top 18%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Althea for girls. Althea reached its highest rank of #404 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Althea and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Thea (#776), Altha and Althea. (2014 statistics).