What does the name Athena mean?The meaning of the name “Athena” is:
“Greek Goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts”.
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.
For more information about the etymology of the name Athena, click here
Tina Fey, born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, American actress, comedian, writer and producer named her daughter Athena, the other one Penelope.
(ah THEE nah) Form of:
Itself (Athena) Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
- Athena Onassis, billionaire daughter of Christina Onassis
- Athena Cage, American singer
- Athena Kottak, American musician
- Athena Karkanis, Canadian actress
- Athena Marguerite Francoise Marie, Princess of Denmark
Considering Athena as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Athena for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Athena is a girl name.
The name Athena is of Greek origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Greek speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Athena we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Athena Name Meaning
The meaning of Athena is “Greek Goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Athena and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Athena and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Athena is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
Hey! How’s your love life going lately? Get a free love reading & personal horoscope
with the most truthful answers. Start to grab every chance for success in your life! Did I mention it’s FREE?
(Sponsored Link; 18+ only)
Name Athena Categories
The name Athena is in the following categories: God and Goddess Names, Greek Mythological Names, Mythological Names, Virtue Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Athena. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Athena, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Athena
This name is not popular in the US, according to Social Security Administration, as there are no popularity data for the name. This doesn't mean that the name Athena is not popular in other countries all over the world. The name might be popular in other countries, in different languages, or even in a different alphabet, as we use the characters from the Latin alphabet to display the data. A derivative of the name might also be popular in US. Try searching for a variation of the name Athena to find popularity data and rankings.
Note: If a name has less than 5 occurrences in a year, the SSA excludes it from the provided popularity data to protect privacy.
Athena Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note: The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
If you’re not sure yet, see our wide selection of both boy names
and girl names
all over the world to find the ideal name for your new born baby. We offer a comprehensive and meaningful list of popular names
and cool names
along with the name's origin, meaning, pronunciation, popularity and additional information.
Do your research and choose a name wisely, kindly and selflessly.
Our research is continuous so that we can deliver a high quality service; our lists are reviewed by our name experts regularly but if you think the information on this page is incorrect or incomplete, please let us know. Use our contact form
to submit your suggestions, or leave your comment below.
Didn't find what you were looking for?
If you liked what you read, please share it. It really helps us a lot.