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Updated March 27, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Goddess of war

What does Athena mean and stand for?

The name Athena is of Greek origin, and while the meaning is unknown, it is thought to derive from the city Athens and refer to people originating there. In Greek mythology, Athena is the Goddess of War and daughter of Zeus.

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How Popular Is The Name Athena


According to Social Security Administration data, Athena has recently been on the rise, breaking the top 110 in 2020 after placing 529 in 2000.

However, it is the 4th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Athena was at its peak popularity in July 2020.

The name of Zeus' daughter, Athena has symbolized wisdom, warfare, handicrafts, mathematics, and courage. A Greek goddess, Athena has appeared in various forms of literature, including Homer's Odyssey. It is one of the most popular goddess names, and is often used by parents who highlight the importance of intelligence. Athena is the name of Ariel's mother in The Little Mermaid. Tina Fey also tapped into her Greek roots, naming her daughter Athena. Other notable Athenas include Athena Marguerite Francoise Marie, Princess of Denmark, and TV personality Athena Lee.

Where is it Popular?

Athena was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Athena

  • Attie
  • Ena
  • Thena

Pairs well with these middle names


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