What does Athena mean?
Athena /athe-na/ [3 sylls.] 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 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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)