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Athena Meaning


What does Athena mean?

The name Athena is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Athena is "wise".

Athena is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 6 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Ah-thee-na.

The Given Name Athena

The etymology and meaning of Athena is uncertain but is often given as "wise" because Athena is the Greek mythological goddesss of wisdom.

There are a number of proposed etymologies for example one by Plato in the Cratylus that the name is derived from the Greek theounoesis, "the mind of god".

In Greek mythology Athena is the daughter of Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods. She is the goddess of wisdom, courage, war, justice, mathematics, crafts, arts and literature. She is the virgin patroness of Athens.

According to mythological legend, her father Zeus, swallows her mother, Metis in an effort to stop a prophecy that Metis would bare children more powerful than he.

But Metis was already pregnant.

Metis begins to make a helmet for her daughter which causes Zeus to have a great headache. When his head is split open to alleviate the pain, Athena springs out fully grown and clothed in armor.

Athena falls into the Greek myth name category.

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Athena Popularity

In the U.S. in 2015, it ranked 157 in baby name popularity for girls with 2,040 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 195 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,681 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

Want to see how Athena sizes up? How it compares to some other names? Then check out the Athena Name Popularity Page.

Athena Related Names

Variants of the name Athena include Athene, Athina.

Famous Athenas

  • Athena ~ Greek Myth - The goddess of wisdom, warfare and handicrafts.

Athena Numerology

Destiny Number, Life Path Number, Soul Urge and Personality Number. These Numerological numbers may tell your child's story. Take a look at the Numerology Of Athena.

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Athena Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Athena in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Athena.

Just for fun, see the name Athena in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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