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Gender: F Origin of Athena: Greek mythology name Athena's Popularity in 2016: #142

Athena is the name of the daughter of Zeus who was the goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts, mathematics, and courage (and that's just a partial listing), and the great patroness-goddess of the city of Athens. In the Odyssey, Homer describes her as 'sparkling-eyed Athena.'

Athena is a distinctive name that could appeal to enlightened parents who particularly prize intelligence. At Number 142, it is now at its highest U.S. ranking ever.

Athene is another version, and Athena's Roman counterpart is Minerva.

In the Disney movie The Little Mermaid, Athena is the mother of Ariel.

Tina Fey turned to her Greek heritage for both of her second daughter's names: Penelope Athena--and this has spurred interest in Athena, even though it's in middle place..

Famous People Named Athena

Athena Sophia Rhossa Alejandro Tibi, Filipina singer
Athena Lee (born Athena Michelle Bass), American musician and reality TV personality ("Ex-Wives of Rock")
Athena Marguerite Francoise Marie, Princess of Denmark
Athena Andreadis, Anglo-Greek singer
Athena, ring name of Adrienne Reese, American pro wrestler
Athena Dawnelle aka Athena Lundberg, American model and TV personality
Athena Bautista (b. 1992), daughter of wrestler Dave Bautista
Athena Christie Hart (b. 1997), daughter of wrestler Owen Hart
Athena Olivia Francis (b. 2014), daughter of Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis & Abbey Wilson; twin of sister Alexandria Claire
Athena Belle Eisner (b. 2015), daughter of designer Stacey Bendet and Eric Eisner
Penelope Athena Richmond, daughter of actress Tina Fey

Pop Culture References for the name Athena

Athena, daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom, craft, strategic war, mathematics and inventors. Patroness of Athens
Athena Mulvain, character in 1954 film "Athena"
Athena Cassadine, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Athena, character on TV's "Battlestar Galactica"
Athena, character on TV's "Xena: Warrior Princess"
Athena, character in "Stargate: SG1"
Athena, Ariel's mom in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Athena Cykes, character in the video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
Athena, character in "Tomorrowland"
Athena, Marvel Comics character and member of the Olympian Gods
Athena, character based on the goddess in the manga/anime Saint Seiya
Tennousu Athena, character in the manga/anime Hayate the Combat Butler
Princess Athena, main character in arcade game "Athena"
Athena Asamiya, character in the video game "Psycho Soldier"
Athena, character in video game "God of War"
"Athena," song by The Who

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