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What does Althea mean?

Althea /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.

Associated with: greek, healing (life), mythology, 17th century


Althea has 9 variants: Altha, Althaea, Althaia, Altheda, Althelia, Althia, Eltha, Elthea and Thea.

Althea has 14 more related forms via Alethea: Alathea, Alathia, Aleethia, Aleta, Aletea, Aletha, Alethia, Aletia, Aletta, Alette, Alithea, Alithia, Elethea and Elithia.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Asthea, Authea, ..

(male) Alphe, Althel, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Althea for girls. Althea reached its highest position of #392 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Althea name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Althea outside U.S.

Popular related forms of Althea are Aleta, Aletha, Alethea, Alethia, Aletta, Altha, Eltha and Thea (#776 the previous year). Adoption of these forms of Althea was well-received among parents in the 1910s and is now significantly diminished. Thea has generally been preferred by parents, while versions such as Althea are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Althea, Aleta, Aletha, Alethea, Alethia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aletta, Altha, Eltha, Thea in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Thea outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aithnea, Alaida, Alamea, Alda, Aldea, Alea, Aleda, Aleea, Aleetheea (see Alice), Aleida, Alexea, Alicea, Alida, Alidee, Alidia, Alita, Alitheea (see Alice), Alitia, Allda, Alleda, Allida, Allta, Allyda, Aloha, Alpha, Alta, Alurea, Alyda, Amalthea, Annthea (see Anthea), Anthe, Anthea, Antheia, Antheya, Anthia, Anuhea, Artha, Artheia, Astrea, Atha, Athena, Bethea, Mathea and Olethea. These names tend to be less commonly used than Althea.