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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 Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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"

Elthia, Elthea, Altheya, Althelia, Thea, Althiaa, Eltheya, Eltha, Althaia, Althia, Altha, Altheda


Lizzy Lou Says:


al-LETH-ee-uh is the pronunciation of the name Alethea, not this name, Althea.

Hailey Says:


I think this name is absolutely beautiful. I pronounce it like al-THEE-ah. It invokes calming images in my head, and it sounds smooth and musical.

Essa Says:


I've only ever known this to be pronounced Al-thee-uh. Like Thea but with Al at the beginning.

awheezie Says:


Ok thank you, much prettier, I checked it on pronounce names website or something to that effect.. And that was their pronunciation

Murphy Says:



awheezie Says:


al-Tee-ah ?

scblovesnames Says:


I heard this name on a girl in school once. I loved it. I misheard it as Athena but she corrected me and I never forgot this. It's gorgeous. A little different then my naming style. I'll be using it on a character.

Althea Louise Panales Says:


My name is Althea

Daiseymae Says:


I like them both.

Daiseymae Says:


It was a Southern name years ago. It looks like it is making a comeback.

headintheclouds Says:


I LOVE Althea. It combines two of my favorite girl's name sounds, Al- and -thea. The meaning and history behind it is beautiful, and I think Althea is strong and classic-sounding, while also being feminine and lovely, and modern. NB has it right in describing Althea as ethereal.
I always rotate between either Athena and Althea, and I think Athena has a better meaning and desired association to wisdom, while Althea has the better aesthetic sound and spelling.

Daiseymae Says:


I always associate this name with the late great tennis player Althea Gibson.

HeyItsAvery12 Says:


When I was In Grade 12, our teacher would call us all by surnames except for one, One who was named Althea and when asked, she said she loved the name. Years passed and a news came to me from Facebook she had her 3rd Child and only daughter named Althea Natalie and after that the name sound more and more cuter to me and I even named my daughter Althea Eleanor.

indiefendi2 Says:


I think this name is pretty but it sounds like an old Southern name so I'm sticking to Athena

Caroline Says:



AliciaDawnCasey Says:


I love this name! My great grandma was named Althea. Although I named my dog Althea, I would most diffidently name my child this!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I agree, Thea looks like a nickname. Althea looks more unique and gentle-looking.

MaryKathryn Says:


I know a girl who spells it Althia. I think it's a great option for parents who don't just want to settle with Thea.