~ Parthenia ("Parthy") Ann Hawks, a character in Edna Ferber's novel "Show Boat" (1926)
~ Comes from an epithet of the Greek goddess Athena; the Parthenon, in Athens, was the temple of Athena Parthenos, i.e. Athena the maiden goddess
~ Latinized form of Greek partheneia = "maidenhood"
~ Greek parthenos = "a woman who chooses her own husband" (mistranslated "virgin")
~ "Parthenia" (c.1611), Renaissance music collection
~ First seems to have been used as a name in the English-speaking world in the 1870s