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Meaning and Name Origin

Thea \the()-thea\ as a girls' name is pronounced THEE-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Thea is "goddess". Short form of names like Althea, Mathea and Dorothea (Greek) "gift of God". Mythology: the Greek goddess of light; mother of the sun, moon, and dawn. Actress Téa Leoni.


Thea has 3 variants: Tea, Theia and Thia.

For more information, see also related girl names Dorothy and Timothea.

Thea has 14 more different forms via Althea, Dorothea, Mathea: Altha, Althaea, Althaia, Altheda, Althelia, Althia, Doritha, Dorotha, Dorothee, Eltha, Elthea, Mathia, Matthea and Matthia.


Thea is a very popular first name for females (#1371 out of 4276, Top 32%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Thea for girls. Thea reached its peak position of #752 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #776. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Thea and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Thea (#776 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Altha, Althea, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dorothy (#731 last year) and Tea. Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread during 1910-1919 and has become much lower since, with forms such as Altha, Althea, Dorotha, Dorothea and Tea falling out of style. Thea (#776) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name here, with this name having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Altha, Althea, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dorothy, Tea, Thea in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Thea is pronounced similarly to Theo. Other recommended similar baby names are Rhea, Shea, Taya, Te-, Theda, Theta, Thu, Tia, Toia, Toya and Trea. These names tend to be less commonly used than Thea.