What does Athena mean?
Athena /athe-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".
How popular is Athena?
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 Names, 2014)
Prominent related forms of Athena (#195 last year) are Attie, Minerva and Vesta. These relations of Athena were favored during 1880-1889 (average #616) and are somewhat less widespread today (#798, ▼47.5%), with forms such as Vesta becoming less in vogue. Athena is more familiar than the rest.
Thinking of names?
Athena▲ is pronounced similarly to Ethenia. Other recommended similar baby names are Abena, Adana, Adanna, Adawna, Adeana, Adeen, Adeena, Aden, Adena, Adene, Adina, Aghna, Aidana, Aiden, Aithne, Aithnea, Aleena▲, Alena▲, Aliena, Allena, Almena, Althea▼, Altheda, Alvena▼, Alzena, Ameena, Amena, Andena, Anthea, Antheia, Antheya, Ardena, Arena, Arlena, Artheia, Arthene, Ateefa, Atera, Atha, Athelina, Audene, Avena, Aydana, Ayden, Aydenn, Ethna and Shena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Athena.