Girl Names baby name Athena

What does the name Athena mean?

The meaning of the name “Athena” is: “Greek Goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts”.

Additional information: Athena (“Αθηνά”) was the Ancient Greek Goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts, mathematics, and courage among many others. She was daughter of Zeus and the virgin patron goddess of the city of Athens. In Greek mythology, Athena is the insightful companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic attempts. Homer describes her in the Odyssey as “sparkling-eyed Athena”. According to mythical lore, she competed with Poseidon and won by creating the olive tree; the Athenians accepted her gift and named the city after her and built a statue of Athena as a temple to the goddess in Parthenon to worship her.

Others claim the name Athens is formed from the word ‘Athos’ -meaning ‘flower’- or the verb ‘thao’ – meaning ‘to suck’, and that Athena means ‘Fertile’ or ‘flowery’. The symbols of the goddess Athena is the owl, for wisdom, and the olive tree, for fertility.

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Tina Fey, born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, American actress, comedian, writer and producer named her daughter Athena, the other one Penelope.