What does Athena mean?
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
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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In contrast, the year before it ranked 195 in baby name popularity for girls with 1681 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.
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Athena Related Names
- Athena ~ Greek Myth - The goddess of wisdom, warfare and handicrafts.
Athena Name Fun
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