Athenais 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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Multiple women named Athenäis are mentioned in a contemporary account of the prosecution of Albigensian heretics in and around the village of Montaillou (in the Languedoc region of France) in the 13th century.
The name is prominently associated with the famous and beautiful Athenais de Montespan, chief mistress of Louis the XIV of France. Athenais was a nickname, given her because of her great wit and wisdom, like that of the goddess Athena.
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