What does Althea mean?
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. during 1910-1919, 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%, down 84%), 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)