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Athena

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Gender: Female Origin of Athena: Greek mythology name Athena's Popularity in 2017: #127

The name Athena is a girl's name of Greek origin. Athena is ranked #127 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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. It's one of the most widely used of the ancient goddess names that are finding such favor in the contemporary Western world.

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.

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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

Athie, Atina, Athenais, Athina, Athene, Attie, Athenea

Comments

Daiseymae Says:

2018-05-18T14:33:14

What a beautiful name!

johnna briggs Says:

2017-11-08T19:02:03

My oldest daughter is names Athena. We call her Thenie or Thena for short usually. She loves her name and it suits her really well. I actually wasnt a fan of it when I was pregnant but my husband really wanted it and I'm really glad I went with it. We named our youngest daughter Aries (we were originally going to go with Ares but the I made it seem more feminine to us) and we're told all the time how awesome people think the names are.

KaiLun Says:

2017-10-06T06:43:00

Mine too!

Daiseymae Says:

2017-06-21T19:36:02

Beautiful name!

JossieChris Says:

2017-03-29T14:28:37

I met a little Athena at the park and was so proud of the parents for being brave namers. I think I embarrassed them with my enthusiasm lol Clash of the Titans (80's) Zeus pronounces this name Athenea and it took me years to realize he was properly pronouncing Athena. I kept rewinding and rewinding trying to catch the name lol nn Thea or Attie. And I am Greek on my moms side and love mythology. Always loved Andromeda but the strain, and Aurora nn Rory, and Aphrodite but this is edging its way up the chart for me. And twin brother Aristotle to die! Love

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-02-19T20:28:23

So beautiful, absolutely love this name

HopeElizabeth Says:

2016-12-04T10:30:08

This name is quite cute for a girl. So cuuute!

kxlly0614 Says:

2016-09-01T07:39:07

Beautiful name. It's not too 'out there' like other mythology names, and it's not too plain or common. I prefer Daphne, but Athena is an amazing choice.

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-08-29T15:14:09

I used to believe that Athena was unusable but now I love it! I met an Athena once and she was lovely, just like her name :)

>Sarah< Says:

2016-08-09T03:04:03

I named my cat this! ;D

Yessica Says:

2016-03-27T20:56:08

Why not Althea?

WiseBird39 Says:

2016-02-18T22:14:50

I love this name, especially nicknamed Thea. Unlike some other mythology names (Eileithyia, Terpsichore, or Hygea, anyone?) it seems very fresh, pronounceable, and lovely.

mellohorn20 Says:

2015-11-17T21:28:10

I adore this name!!! I love Greek mythology, and wisdom is important so.... It's so cute and you don't need a nickname for it.

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-11-17T17:46:03

One of my friends has a cousin named Athena. She is one of the cutest little girls I've ever met. They call her Tina or Tina-bean sometimes. Really like this name!

Luísa Says:

2015-11-17T17:24:23

Unbelievably, I know one Athena (or Atena?). Actually, her name is Athena Valentina, what I think it is..... different.

germanstar Says:

2015-09-09T11:16:04

You are right. I visited Greece some years ago because a friend of mine married to a Greek woman named Athena, only to realise that I had been pronuncing this name wrong. It is a Greek name so I think that the original pronunciation is the greek one, with the stress on the last syllable. Athena pronunced the English way, sounds like the greek pronunciation of Athens, the capital city of Greece. The city in Greek is written Αθήνα (Athena, pronunced ah-THEE-nah) and the name Αθηνά (Athena, pronunced ah-thee-NAH). In fact the city was named after the goddess. In my country we pronunce it ah-TEH-nah. It is a really nice name

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-08-27T21:21:37

A friend of mine has a cousin named Athena, and she's one of the cutest little girls on earth. I really quite like it.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-08-22T14:49:05

I love Athena! It's such an elegant and regal name, and her being the goddess of wisdom is a wonderful meaning- you'd want your daughter to be wise and clever and all that :) I'm surprised Athena isn't more popular or well-known as a name like Diana- I think it has a very mainstream appeal, being an A- girl name ending in -a, sounding strong and feminine, somewhat like Amelia. I love the nickname Thea, and I don't think it's such a big stretch to use for Athena.

Bobcat108 Says:

2015-07-11T18:58:21

When I was expecting (we didn't know the baby's sex) we referred to "it" as Zeus/Athena. If I were to have another girl (although I'm too old for that), I'd definitely consider Athena for her actual name.

adelinejane Says:

2015-07-11T16:56:51

I love this name! It's strong and a rare gem. I'd totally name my daughter Athena if I had one!

bugangle Says:

2015-07-11T14:35:18

I'm a 22 year old named Athina. (We did a slight spelling variation so it would be pronounced correctly by Spanish relatives.) I absolutely love my name and 9 times out of ten I get a compliment on it when I introduce myself, professors and professionals included. Be prepared for everyone to ask if you are Greek. I feel it is so distinct and unique that it has become a party of my personality.

Hands down, A+ name, 10000 points to my mother.

MissAussie1992 Says:

2015-07-09T05:19:26

Athena has always been my favourite goddess, and I'm secretly loving the name too.

AbbyNu Says:

2015-05-04T04:47:23

I'm surprised to see this name is so popular! I've always loved the sound, but didn't consider it usable until I met someone with the name. Love it!

HarderToBreathe Says:

2015-04-28T23:14:16

This name is actually pretty popular in the Greek Orthodox community due to the Greek saint Athena name day September 1st if I'm not mistaken: http://www.namedays.gr/data..., use google translate to translate to English). One of my friends at an Orthodox camp was named Athena and she loved her name. My brother's godmother is also named Athena (they only pronounce it the Greek way though, not the English way). In Greek, the emphasis is on the last syllable (so it's like ah-thee-NAH). I used to not like the name because of the Greek pronunciation but it is growing on me because of the English pronunciation and good experiences with Athenas.

JessicaRK467 Says:

2015-04-12T16:45:37

This name is beautiful. I love it. As another person already said, I always thought it was pretty but off limits as well. That was until I watched a show that had a character named Athena and every time they said her name I just thought about how gorgeous it was. I would definitely use this name. And as someone else already said...what little girl wouldn't want to be named after a goddess?

mermuse Says:

2015-03-19T18:52:46

I actually know of a little girl named this, and it still surprises me every time I think that it is her name. I guess it shouldn't bother me because I like Diana and Freja, but for some reason, it just seems too off limits. I guess that's because I knew of Diana and Freja as "names" first--then realized they were goddesses.

thenamer007 Says:

2015-02-11T23:28:47

Aw, this name is adorable :)

kendallrhea1 Says:

2014-11-23T19:29:45

Strong yet ultra feminine - too cute!!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-11-23T10:13:44

Diana is a widely used, classical, well-known name and that is the Roman counterpart of Artemis, Goddess of the moon and Huntresses. Freya is another familiar goddess name. So I don't think goddess names are too out there.

Guest Says:

2014-10-20T08:10:23

It would fare just fine! It's a gorgeous strong name that stands out amongst the Olivias and Sophias of her classmates. It's easy to say and has lots of history behind it. :D

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-10-20T07:42:56

I think Theeny would be a really cute nickname :)

strawberrydino Says:

2014-08-11T11:24:48

What about the nickname Thea? I thought that was pretty cute, plus it's a real name.

strawberrydino Says:

2014-08-05T14:02:22

Athena is so pretty! I think Artemis & Athena would be a really cute pair up for twins.

HatGirl Says:

2014-07-18T17:11:28

and you could give her the nickname Thena! Thx I'm starting stop worrying about the goddess thing being a bad thing. :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-07-18T02:24:30

A lot of my favourite names are from Mythology. Many of my favourite names begin with A. I love the name Athena, but I keep lumping it with Aphrodite and Aurora. Also,Athena has personal significance to me as well.I would probably use it as a middle if I had kids.

Guest Says:

2014-07-18T02:06:13

I used to think this was too grandiose and weird for a human child but now I think it's gorgeous and sleek. I would definitely use it.

I love ancient Greek mythology as well so that's a plus for me.

DearestJules Says:

2014-07-18T00:42:04

But what little girl wouldn't want to be named after a goddess?

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-07-17T23:45:26

Well, I don't believ e in Greek Mythology either, but I wouldn't mind using a goddess name, nevertheless.

HatGirl Says:

2014-07-17T23:07:30

i love this name but i don't believe in greek mytholgy and i don't want ppl to think she was named after a godess,

LunaCross Says:

2014-06-13T15:24:54

Athena is my favorite Greek Goddess.

mabespark Says:

2014-05-22T03:09:02

I love this name. It is strong and mythological and beautiful, without being OTT. I just don't know how it will fare in the U.S., among the many Olivias and Isabelles.