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What does Athena mean?

Athena \a-the-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced a-THEE-nah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Athena is "wise". Mythology: the virgin goddess of wisdom and war, identified with the Roman goddess Minerva. Homer, in the "Odyssey", refers to her as "gray-eyed Athena".


Variations

Athena has 6 variants: Atheena, Athenais, Athene, Athie, Athina and Attie.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Artemis, Pallas and Vesta.


Popularity

Athena is a very prominent first name for women (#1135 out of 4276, Top 27%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Athena for girls. Athena was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its highest rank of #195 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Athena name in U.S.

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

Prominent related forms of Athena (#195 last year) are Attie, Minerva and Vesta. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3833%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.2013%, down 47.5%), with the forms Minerva and Vesta becoming less in vogue. Athena (#195) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this list. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Athena and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Athena, Attie, Minerva, Vesta in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Athena is pronounced similarly to Ethenia. Other recommended similar baby names are Adeena and Adena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Athena.

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