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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.

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, headmistress & antagonist in Dahl's "Matilda"
Agatha De Lacey, minor character in "Frankenstein" (1818)
Agatha Mikhailovna, character in Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"
Agatha, Lady Sunderbund, rich widow in "The Soul of a Bishop"
Splendora Agatha Cromwell, character in "Halloweentown" films
Agnes & Agatha Pitt, from American Girl Samantha Parkington series
Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius
Agatha Raisin, female detective and protagonist of the Agatha Raisin mystery series
Agatha, character portrayed by Saoirse Ronan in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

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)