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What does Athena mean?

Athena Pronunciation of Athena 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".


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, mythology, virgin, goddess, war (battle), roman


VARIANTS Atheena, Athenais, Athene, Athie, Athina, Attie

SEE ALSO Artemis, Pallas, Vesta



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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)

Athena was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its highest rank of #117 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Athena name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Athena (#117 LAST YEAR) are Artemis (#1337), Attie, Minerva and Vesta. These relations of Athena were favored today (AVERAGE #1490), except for forms such as Vesta which have become less in vogue. Athena is more familiar than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Athena, Artemis, Attie, Minerva, Vesta in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Athena is pronounced similarly to Ethenia. Other recommended sound-alike 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.

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