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Gender: F Meaning of Althea: "with healing power" Origin of Althea: Greek

Althea is a poetic, almost ethereal name found in Greek myth and pastoral poetry, associated in modern times with the great tennis player Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win at Wimbleton.

Althea appears in Greek mythology as the mother of the hero Meleager and was revived by the seventeenth century poet Richard Lovelace as a poetic pseudonym for his beloved.

These days, parents would also appreciate the short form Thea.

Famous People Named Althea

Althea Gibson, American tennis player
Althea Harper, fashion designer & former "Project Runway" contestant
Althea Rae Janairo, birth name of actress Tia Carrere
Princess Althea de Ligne, b. 2010, daughter of actress Isabella Orsini & Prince Edouard

Pop Culture References for the name Althea

The famous poem by Lovelace, 'To Althea, from Prison'
Botanical name: Greek althaea = 'marsh mallow', i.e. the bushy shrub which is noted for its healing powers. The Greek word derives from the verb althein 'to heal'.
Grateful Dead song 'Althea'
Ross and Monica's grandmother on 'Friends'
Althea Tibbs, Virgil's wife on US police drama 'In the Heat of the Night'
The main character in 'The Last Year' book series by Trisha Leigh
Althea Carter, main character in novel "Althea and Oliver" by Cristina Morocco
Althea, pseudonym of Sherlock (TV show) side character

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