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Subject: Re: Origin of the name of Reatha
Author: ClaudiaS   (Authenticated as ClaudiaS)
Date: June 11, 2011 at 10:29:26 AM
Reply to: Re: Origin of the name of Reatha by Amphelise
A derivation from Aretha was my first thought too, but after checking the SSA data I'm not so sure. The name Reatha was on the U.S. top 1000 list off and on between 1900 and 1927. Retha was even more common, appearing consistently from 1893 to 1962, but Aretha did not show up at all until 1962.

My guess is that Retha/Reatha was a variant of Rita, which was popular starting in the late 1800s. It seems quite unlikely that it was derived from a Cherokee or other Native American name. If nothing else, the Cherokee language does not have the sound we spell with "TH."

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