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

The name Althea is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "with healing power". Althea and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Althea

Althea Gibson, American tennis player
Althea Harper, American fashion designer & former "Project Runway" contestant
Althea Rae Janairo, birth name of Tia Carrere, American actress
Althea Flynt, American wife and co-publisher of Hustler founder Larry Flynt
Althea Gyles (born Margaret Alethea Gyles), Irish poet
Althea Isabelle Sophie de Ligne de la Trémoïlle (b. 2010), daughter of actress Isabella Orsini & Prince Edouard de Ligne

Pop Culture References for the name Althea

Althea Gellar, Ross and Monica's grandmother on TV's 'Friends'
Althea Tibbs, Virgil's wife on TV's 'In the Heat of the Night'
Althea, main character in 'The Last Year' series by Trisha Leigh
Althea Carter, main character in "Althea and Oliver" by Cristina Morocco
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'.
'To Althea, from Prison," poem by Richard Lovelace
'Althea,' song by the Grateful Dead
Althea, a character who appeared in "Hollow City", the second installment of Ransom Riggs' "Peculiar Children" series
Althea, a character on "Fear the Walking Dead"

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