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What does Anthea mean?

Anthea Pronunciation of Anthea [anthea] as a girls' name is pronounced ahn-THEE-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Anthea is "flowery". Latin spelling of Greek Antheia. Used in the classical period as a byname of the goddess Hera at Argos, but as a modern given name, it was reinvented by English 17th-century poets to symbolize spring.

Associated with: greek, classical (medieval), goddess, modern, 17th century, spring.


Anthea has 9 variants: Ann, Annthea, Anthe, Antheia, Antheya, Anthia, Anthoula, Antia and Thia.

Affiliated girl names: Anthemia and Diantha.

Creative forms:
(female) Authea, ..

(male) Ansha, ..

Middle name pairings:
Anthea Braylee (A.B.), ..

How popular is Anthea?

Anthea is a rare first name for women. Anthea is also a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. The only popular varying form of Anthea (not ranked) is Ann (#893 in recent rankings). Adoption of this form of Anthea was at its apex 9 decades ago (usage of 0.5%) and is now much diminished, with Ann going out of style. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ann in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anthea and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Anthea is pronounced similarly to Iantha and Ianthia. Other recommended names are Aithnea, Alathea, Alethea, Alithea, Altha, Althaea, Althea, Altheda, Althia, Amadea, Anahita, Anath, Anda, Ande, Andee, Andie, Andrea, Aneeta, Anet, Aneta, Anetta, Anette, Anglea, Anita, Anitia, Annda, Annet, Annida, Annita, Anslea, Anthemya (see Anthemia), Antje, Anuhea, Artha, Artheia, Astrea, Atha, Athena, Bethea, Cynthea, Elthea, Mathea, Panthea and Penthea. These names tend to be more commonly used than Anthea.

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