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 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)
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)
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.