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Gender: F Meaning of Agatha: "good woman" Origin of Agatha: Greek

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Agatha until recently summoned up visions of martyred saints, mauve silk dresses, and high lace collars, but now that some dauntless excavators have begun to resurrect it, we're sure more will follow their lead. Actor Thomas Gibson used it for his daughter in 2004.

Popular in the middle ages, Agatha was brought to England at the time of the Norman Conquest by a daughter of William the Conquerer. Agatha is the name of the patron saint of firefighters and nurses, and in more modern times has been closely tied to the period mysteries of Agatha Christie. P.G. Wodehouse created the vivid character of Bertie Wooster's daunting Aunt Agatha.

Also boasts the cute nickname Aggie.

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Famous People Named Agatha

Agatha Christie, author

Agatha Blois, fashion designer

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada, fashion designer

Pop Culture References for the Name Agatha

Agatha Trunchbull, the headmistress and antagonist in "Matilda" by Roald Dahl
Agatha De Lacey, minor character in "Frankenstein" (1818)
Agatha Mikhailovna, character in Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (1877; "based on a maid seduced by the author, who fed mice")
Agatha, Lady Sunderbund, rich American widow in "The Soul of a Bishop" (1917) by H. G. Wells
Splendora Agatha Cromwell, character in "Halloweentown" films
Agnes and Agatha Pitt, from the American Girl Samantha Parkington series
Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius

Ag, Agace, Agacia, Agatah, Agathi, Agatta, Agetha, Aggi, Aggie, Aggy, Aggye, Agie, Agy, Agye

Agatha's International Variations

Agathe (Greek) Agota, Agi, Agotha (Hungarian) Atka (Polish) Agueda (Portuguese) Ganya, Gashka, Gasha, Agasha, Agafia (Russian) Agata (Scandinavian) Agatá (Slavic)