Althea: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Althea

Althea

Pronunciation: ahl-THEE-ə (key)

Origin of the name Althea:

Derived from the Latin Althaea and the Greek Althaia, which is from althainein (to heal). The name was borne by the mythological mother of Meleager.

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Related Names:

Althaea, Thea

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Personal experiences with the name Althea: | Edit

I love this name so much I actually legally changed my name to it.

Nicknames for Althea: | Edit

Al, Thea, Althie, Aly

Meanings and history of the name Althea: | Edit

Althea was the mother of Meleager in Greek mythology.
The name means "healer".
"wholesome"
"marsh flower"

Famous real-life people named Althea: | Edit

Althea Gibson, American Tennis Champion, the first African American to win a Grand Slam title.
Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo is the full name of Tia Carrere, American actress best known for her role as Cassandra in the "Wayne's World" movie series.
Althea Harper, a contestant on Project Runway who made it to the final 3.

Althea in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Althea," beautiful Grateful Dead song. People wouldn't associate the song unless they were a real dead-head :-).

What can I say? Althea is a love child. See above comment.

I disagree about not associating it-- about 50% of people ask me whether I named my daughter after the Grateful Dead song. When I named her, I had never heard of it, but now I have. It's a nice song. I also have no particular attachment to Althea Gibson.

Althea is the name of Ross and Monica Geller's grandmother on the TV show "Friends"

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