Athena Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Athena:
A cognate of the Greek Athēnē, an ancient name of unknown etymology borne in Greek mythology by the goddess of wisdom, skill, and warfare.
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Nana, Ath, Ena, Eni, Athi, Otina, Tina, Otis, Otie, Oats, Ot, Thea, Atha, Athe, Athene, Athee, Atty, Atti, thea
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It is a name from Greek mythology.
Athena was the Greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. She was the daughter of Zeus; her birth is unique in that she did not have a mother. Instead, she sprang full grown and clad in armour from Zeus' forehead.She was fierce and brave in battle; however, she only took part in wars that defended the state and home from outside enemies. She was the patron of the city, handcraft, and agriculture. She invented the bridle, which permitted man to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the plow, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot. She was the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity. She was Zeus' favourite child and was allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt. Her holy tree was the olive tree and she was often symbolised as an owl.She became the patron goddess ofAthens after winning a contest againstPoseidon by offering the olive tree to the Athenians.
- Famous real-life people named Athena
Athena Onassis, billionaire daughter of Christina Onassis
Athena Cage, American singer
Athena Kottak, American musician
Athena Karkanis, Canadian actress
Athena Marguerite Francoise Marie, Princess of Denmark
- Athena in song, story & screen
In Greek mythology, Athena is the shrewd companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic endeavour. She is the virgin patron of Athens, which built the Parthenon to worship her.
In French card games the Queen of Spades is Athena.
"Athena", song by the Who
Athena Portokalos, "perfect" and perpetually pregnant older sister of Toula in the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", played by Stavroula Logothetis
Sharon "Athena" Agathon, Character in Battlestar Galactica