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

Agatha Origin and Meaning

The name Agatha is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "good woman".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Agatha

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

Agatha's International Variations

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


MissLadyRose Says:


This name isn't as awful as so many people insist it is. Some people are just rude about names. This particular name makes me think of Agatha Christie.

Annabvella Says:


I hate this name SO MUCH, It should be child abuse to give this name to your baby.

Aurelius Says:


Agatha is not a gym leader. She is an Elite Four member.

Renee5322 Says:


I love this name. Always have. Totally understand why people don't like it, though, but I wish more people would give it a chance.

MidnightSky Says:


Agatha has a lot of old-fashioned charm and great history. I think the witchy association is the best part about it, not a negative at all.

DearTheodosia Says:


This sounds so gross, like you’re gagging.

I'm Dakota Says:


Witches are super cool tho

Francoamericano Says:


I don't understand how anyone can like this name. It is a hideous name.

Alfred Lansing Says:


Agatha is a lovely 3rd Century saint from Sicily who was martyred after consecrating herself to the Virgin Mary. The Roman soldier who claimed her had her arrested and tortured before killing her. St. Agatha is the patroness of Sicily and victims of breast cancer. Her feast in Catania is one of the largest Catholic feasts in the world. My 9 year old daughter is called Agatha after St. Agatha of Catania. Her nickname (which arose organically) is "Aga." I can offer this name my full recommendation.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


Just because someone doesnt like the name "Agatha" doesnt mean that theyre only interested in names that dont have meanings or names that are super trendy or whatever. If you like your name, then good for you. But that doesnt mean everyone else has too either.

I'm a Banana Says:


I like this name and its meaning. It just gets associated with evil witches too much.

Cormorant Says:


If I have a kid, Agatha is in my top picks for the name.

lazy_panda Says:


or Agatha Trunchbull - anyone who has read the children's book "Matilda" by Roald Dahl will like remember how horrible and nasty that character was

Mhill46 Says:


I actually love this name! I think it's beautifully charming. I don't understand the negativity

disqus_Hi5fR9CoFs Says:


Girl, I'm an Agatha too! My parents named me after Agatha Christie as well as the saint. I've grown to really love the name and our whole family has very unique names for very unique people.

bordercollie Says:


I understand why some people like Agatha, but it's similar to names like Geraldine, Beatrice, and Gertrude in that they've got a certain clunky, heavy charm that just doesn't do it for me. I find Agatha serious, snobby, and awkward sounding, with the overly cutesy Aggie as the only real nn option. It sounds far too much like hag and agony in my opinion. I don't find Agatha 'hideous' or 'vile', and I don't judge anyone for using it, but I personally wouldn't, especially not on a child.

zeth cao Says:


you are right, we have different taste but they should not give comments that is degrading or giving insult to the name, any way may the Lord bless them and be healed from their negative experiences if ever they were hurt. Amen.

KJGlitter Says:


You have a wonderful name! I quite like it, it has history and meaning, just like you said, and the nickname Aggie is adorable. Some people just have different tastes (and from the comments, some are lacking in tact).

zeth cao Says:


my name is Agatha, my father and mother gave me this name because it is a saint's Name. My parents are both religious people and all of us siblings were baptized with a saint's name or from biblical names. The meaning of Agatha is good. And i have a younger sister named Agueda which is a Spanish version of Agatha. Agatha is English word. What is the problem of that name? at least it has a meaning and this a a medieval name. There are languages or even words in your locality that are diminishing or dying especially that they are rarely used. Like Latin Language, it was the language used before in Europe but what happened now? no more. just as names today, it has no meaning especially when it was combined by the names of both parents. This is only a food for thought. for those who are just commenting with out thinking.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I didn't used to like this name, but now I love it.

Ashleywhyte Says:


The name Agathas just decreased popularity by 23%. But I thought it had to be popular originally to do that.

Ashleywhyte Says:


The only thing saucy about Agatha is when you add sh to the beginning of the name

Agatha Janet Says:


Same omg it should be child abuse

Jo Jo Says:


I think Agatha is a saucy Victorian name, lovely, able to grow from a young Aggie to an adult Agatha.

fromtheocean12 Says:


While I don't love the name Agatha, I do like it. I definitely don't think it's as bad as other users are making it out to be, but I must admit, I'm not keen on the nickname Aggie. When I think of Agatha I think of Agatha Christie, who is a great namesake, and the character Agatha from the School for Good and Evil books.

Essa Says:


Wow! There's some pretty harsh comments about Agatha here. While it's not my favourite name, I definitely would not describe it as vile, ugly or hideous. I'd call my daughter Agatha over a LOT of names. Taylor, Tyler, Morgan, Riley? Give me an Agatha any day over those!

EW314 Says:


Wow guys, is it really that bad? I think Agatha is a very pretty, distinguished name.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Although not my favorite name, it's not really as terrible as it's made out to be a lot of the time.

kiwipop Says:


Me too, I could only imagine this name on a witch.

kitchi1 Says:


I LOVE this name. One of my favorites. And then I read these comments...surprises me. I know it has a strong association with an old lady, but really? Some of these comments are just hateful.

yvonne_virginia Says:


That's pretty.

Zelliew Says:


Well, that would make it worse

clairewihnyk Says:


Agatha Claire?

sirens_sam Says:


I'm falling so hard for this name. It's funny because last month I would never had thought I'd even consider it for a future daughter.

Zuzana Says:


I love Agatha! It keeps growing on me.

Daiseymae Says:


It is the worst name that I have ever heard. Truly!

EleanorAll1 Says:


Beginning to reconsider my previous statement. I think I actually would give this name to a little girl.

Periberry Says:


c'mon guys, it's not THAT hideous

Essa Says:


I love Aggie! But just can't get away with Agatha.

alexandra mae Says:


I love, love this name.

EleanorAll1 Says:


I think this name is the cutest but I couldn't ever name a human this. Reason? See other comments.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


Love Agatha nn Aggie!

TaliaCat Says:


Are people in 2015 truly looking down upon their precious baby girls and naming them Agatha? Very ugly. Reminds me of the word "agony," and even "Aggie" is not a very pretty nickname in my opinion. Let this one die out.

Saffron_Rice Says:


Vile. A cross between agony and hag. A monstrosity. It's the kind of name that ultra-snobby parents would use, especially those who love the "one up man ship" that characterises birth announcement columns in certain posh British newspapers.

Catastroffy Says:


This will always be Bertie Wooster's Aunt Agatha to me. I quite like Aggy, but via Agnes.

ShunPun Says:


I don't think this name is that bad at all.

jojobabyberry Says:


Reminds me of Agatha Christie. I don't love the name but I don't think it's that awful. Nickname Aggie is cute though.

unicornluvgirl Says:


Oh my gosh, I love this name SO much. I think it's so beautiful.

Daiseymae Says:


It is atrocious. Agathas always get the horrible nickname of "Hagatha".

Guest Says:


I'm sorry but this name is so hideous. I'm really trying to like it but it sounds like a vomitting.