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What does Arete mean?

Arete Pronunciation of Arete [arete] as a girls' name is of Greek derivation, and the meaning of Arete is "excellence; righteous". Arete is a version of Aretha (Greek): singer Aretha Franklin.

Associated with: greek, righteous.


Arete has 2 variants: Arette and Orette.

7 more related forms via Aretha: Areta, Aretina, Aretta, Arletha, Oreta, Oretha and Oretta.

Creative forms:
(female) Arate, Arece, ..

(male) Aread, Aredey, ..

Middle name pairings:
Arete Reya (A.R.), ..

How popular is Arete?

Arete is an uncommon given name for women. Arete is also a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Arete (not ranked) are Aretha, Aretta, Arletha and Oretha. These forms of Arete reached the peak of their popularity during 1920-1929. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aretha, Aretta, Arletha, Oretha in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Arete is pronounced similarly to Ariette, Irit, Orit and Urit. Other suggested similar names are Abree, Adele, Adene, Agate, Agote, Alene, Aleta, Aletea, Alette, Amee, Anet, Aneta, Anett, Anette, Ardene, Arela, Areli, Arelie, Arelle, Arely, Aren, Arena, Arene, Argene, Arie, Ariele, Arlee, Arlene, Arlet, Arleta, Arleth, Arlette, Arlie, Arnett, Arnette, Arrie, Artie, Aurene, Brette, Grete and Grette. These names tend to be more frequently used than Arete.

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