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Someone else mentioned the main character Agatha in “The School For Good and Evil” which is one of the last series I read. Before those books, I thought the name Agatha was awful. It probably is due to other characters in books and movies with this name that were evil or unpleasant. But after reading that series (where Agatha is one of the kindest and purest souls), I’ve come to realize it’s beautiful! It’s unusual but recognizable. It’s old-fashioned, which a lot of people are leaning towards nowadays. I tend to like older names, too, like Wallace, Theodore, Frank, Amelia, Audrey, or Geneveive. I don’t know if that’s enough for me to use Agatha on my own children, but I applaud all those who do.
LenaLovesLily  10/6/2018
Good name. Nothing wrong with this name. Wear it proudly!
― Anonymous User  9/24/2018
Ugly! As others have said, it sounds like an old lady and/or witch. Please don't name your child this name- she will thank you for finding a better name (if you find something less awful) when she's old enough. And Aggie is not a cute nickname. Google "Black Aggie" which is a well known legend in certain areas.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2018
Rough name.
Luvbug86  8/30/2018
I used to dislike this name but it's really growing on me. I think of a clever and mysterious woman when I hear this name.
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
Don’t be put off by the fact that it is old fashioned. Agatha is a quaint, lovely name - it doesn’t sound like a witch’s name. Agatha is strong, elegant, mature, and uncommon. You also get the benefit of the nickname “Aggie.”.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2018
The first thing I think of is Agatha Trunchbull, and the word aghast. Well, it has a nice meaning I guess, and Agatha Christie is a good association.
Kitandkat  6/11/2018
Agatha Prenderghast is the main antagonist from the film ParaNorman.
YukaSylvie  5/8/2018
It reminds me of a nasty hairy mole that's oversized. It's an old crusty disgusting name. It makes me want to puke it's so gross. Just ew.
Azifa  5/3/2018
I adore the name Agatha, so much so that our 3 year old daughter is called it.
In my opinion it is elegant, classic and a strong name - it’s also still very rare here in the UK, so therefore I’m confident there won’t be many others (if any at all) named the same.
My daughter is very proud of her name, even at this early stage. If anyone calls her “Aggie”, she will correct them!
MammaWhite  2/13/2018
This name is oh so pretty. It’s mature enough without being too heavy and is just a really cute name.
Catricorn  2/3/2018
I have lived with this name for over 30 years now and like many commentators have noted I also thought it was dated and not very pretty. I once mentioned it to a friend and she was shocked because she had always thought that it was so unique and romantic. She told me I should be thankful to not have a name that is common and because of that, everyone who meets me is then given a new impression of the name. Many people comment on my name and I have never heard anything negative.
I thought it was rare until I went to Europe and the name was popular in Poland and Italy. I saw so many beautiful women with my name and they wore it in such a proud way that it changed my own perception. Now I am grateful for my old fashioned moniker. There is nothing much old fashioned about me and yet the name has come to suit me well. I have never been called hag or anything like that. I have been called Aggie, Ag and Agusia. I like that when someone mentions me they don’t have to explain which ‘Agatha’ they are referring to, it’s nice to have full ownership of your name. So while it may conjure up witches and other horrid things for some, there are many ‘pretty’ names which conjure up ‘ugly’ people who I would rather not have met, pretty name or not.
Agatha_Justyna  10/30/2017
I'm really surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet, but Agatha is one of the main characters in Soman Chainani's School For Good and Evil trilogy.
Peregrin Took  6/14/2017
So many comments on this name. Many of you have visited the name. It must be popular enough- no? I find it strong for an "A" start like names starting K's and T's. I am a fan! Good luck choosing.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2017
I think this name is beautiful!
DundiculutNicholas  1/18/2017
To an English speaker, "Agatha" resonates with "agony."
pukeko  12/13/2016
It's a nice name, but unfortunately very outdated.
― Anonymous User  12/10/2016
The name Agatha was given to 85 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
This sounds like an old lady name. Maybe for a baby I could call her "Aggie". But I kind of like it. It does make me think of Miss Trunchball from "Matilda" by Roald Dahl because I'm pretty sure that is her first name.
Jghazt333  1/11/2016
Very unique and although it isn't one of my favorites, I would prefer Agatha over Calie, Kylie, or Londyn any day. It has a pleasant ring to it.
lilpimpteller  8/4/2015
I love this name, it's strong and distinguished. I've always thought it was beautiful, even though it isn't considered "pretty" by today's standards. I know a young girl named Agatha who sometimes goes by Aggie. I think that's a very sweet nickname too.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2015
It sounds really pretty to me. Elegant and intelligent. Definitely not a bimbo or bogan name.
Espy  4/14/2015
Those saying the name is ugly are more than likely very biased towards it due to the entertainment industry almost always using this as the name for unpleasant female characters, which really isn't very fair. If you look at it from afresh, it has an appealing and nice ring to it. Very pretty, and a little mysterious.
SpindleTrix  1/31/2015
I believe the name Agatha is beautiful and wonderful. I fell in love with the sound of the name Agatha the very first time I heard it and I've loved its sound ever since! =)
― Anonymous User  11/19/2014
Agatha Heterodyne is the main character of the webcomic Girl Genius.
Solaitaire  9/3/2014
Lady Agatha Slade was a character in "The Making of a Marchioness" by Frances Hodgson Burnett (an author much better known for her delightful children's story, "The Secret Garden"). The character is an extraordinarily beautiful girl but also a sweet one. "Her nature is as lovely as her face," Emily Fox-Seaton says of her. Which goes to show, a name doesn't have to be pretty sounding to belong to a good person! This is also my mother's name so I'm disposed to like it. :)
MiYung  12/23/2013
The name Agatha was given to 43 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Name of the Day: May 24, 2013.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2013
I actually like this name! It's really not that bad, it's a shame it's not used very much anymore. It's a very pretty, classic name, and if classic names sound like "old lady" names to you, then why don't you just get in line with the horrendous people naming their children things like Brayden, kaylee, and destiny. At least this name has history and will suit a person older than the age of 10! I still don't really get what you guys don't like about this name, although it's not one of my favorites, I think the sound is very pretty. Not only would the name Agatha look adorable on a little girl, but I think she'd get a heck of a lot more respect from the multitude of adults who feel like vomiting every time they meet another Emma, Isabella, or Ava.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2013
To the person above: I think there are plenty of names that are classic and graceful without sounding like the name of an old lady. This name is really dated, has terrible nicknames (Hag-atha, Haggie, etc.) and overall just doesn't sound pleasant. In my opinion, Aggie sounds just as bad as Agatha. Names like Princess are kind of ridiculous, yes, and Kacey isn't that nice of a name, but can still be looked at by children and adults alike as something that sounds nice. Agatha just makes a person sound kind of old. If you like the -atha sound of Agatha, you could always name a child Nathalie, or Katharine. Other classic names like Elizabeth, Grace, Lucy, Belle, Mary, Olivia, or Ann work well too. Names like those have diminutives or can be written differently in another language and make them sound unique yet just as beautiful. If you want to nickname your child Aggie, don't. It's too dated and just sounds ugly. Maybe Allie (Alice, Alison, Alexandra, Alyssa, Alise), Addie (Adelaide, Adelisa, Madeleine, Adele), Abby (Abigail, Tabitha) would be a better nickname and sound much prettier. Lillian, Eleanor, Violet, Heather, Flora
And Bethany all sound classic and beautiful, yet are still much more modern, softer, and usable than the hideous Agatha. Please, don't curse a child with the name Agatha.
― Anonymous User  8/16/2014
No! Athena is better. People will call you Aggie, Haggie, Ag, and Hag!
SEC908  11/19/2012
Agatha was the name of the old lady in the Elite Four in the original Pokemon games. She was a Ghost-type Trainer.
Buneary  10/21/2012
There was Agatha Cromwell from the Halloweentown movies, a good witch.
msav127  6/23/2012
I think Agatha is one of those names that should be left in the past. It's a terrible sounding name. It makes me think of a dowdy old woman. This name could also lend itself to a multitude of awful nicknames and variants.
GibsonGirl  8/21/2011
It has an old fashion, old lady connection to it. The pronunciation is terrible, meaning this is a terrible sounding name.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/1/2011
Agatha was the name of a character in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.
thefancyapple  2/4/2011
I don't like this name. I don't think it's a good idea to call a baby Agatha because it's too outdated. I can only imagine old ladies when I hear this name.
― Anonymous User  7/16/2010
What a dignified sounding name.
Katsuno_Hitomi  12/22/2009
Shame about the religious connotations, but most people won't even be aware of them.

Agatha is a strong, feminine name. It's coming back in fashion. The UK tends to lead trends like these.
vomiting  6/4/2009
I love Agatha. It's a classic name that is not popular by any means. The nickname Aggie is really cute as well.
seaweed  5/24/2009
Saint Agatha of Sicily was young, beautiful and rich, lived a life consecrated to God. When Decius announced the edicts against Christians, the magistrate Quinctianus tried to profit by Agatha's sanctity; he planned to blackmail her into sex in exchange for not charging her. Handed over to a brothel, she refused to accept customers. After rejecting Quinctianus' advances, she was beaten, imprisoned, tortured, her breasts were crushed and cut off. She told the judge, "Cruel man, have you forgotten your mother and the breast that nourished you, that you dare to mutilate me this way?" One version has it that Saint Peter healed her. Imprisoned further, then rolled on live coals, she was near death when an earthquake stuck. In the destruction, the magistrate's friend was crushed, and the magistrate fled. Agatha thanked God for an end to her pain, and died.

Legend says that carrying her veil, taken from her tomb in Catania, in procession has averted eruptions of Mount Etna. Her intercession is reported to have saved Malta from Turkish invasion in 1551.

Agatha is my confirmation/saints name and despite people who now prefer 'Hollywood' type names, I have always found it inspires great strength of will, courage, independence and determination.
Ligeia  12/23/2007
Agatha is not considered a "beautiful" name because of characters named Agatha who are rather evil and the fact that women named Agatha when the name had its vogue are growing older. Nonetheless, I think it is a strong name, and pretty in its way.
fluffychinchilla  11/13/2007
Agatha was the name of the youngest child of Mr. Brown in the 2005 movie Nanny Mcphee (a movie based on the novel Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand). She was cute and spunky! =)
Cyneburga  6/7/2007
Agatha Trunchbull is the headmistress in Roald Dahl's The Witches.
ADT  6/5/2007
I personally associate this name with the witch from the movie Double Double Toil and Trouble, in which the Olsen twins star, which results to me as not a pretty name.
CharlieRob  5/10/2007
Agatha´s pet forms are Aggie, Aga, Agina, Agatine, Gatha, Háta, Agafja, Agueda.
Karcoolka  4/28/2007
I like this name a lot. It may not be "pretty", but it's strong and mysterious and when I think of an "Agatha", I can't but help think of a poised, intellectual woman.
black_lace  3/29/2007
I've always liked this name and I don't know why.
Jasmine  3/26/2007
Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada is a Spanish fashion designer.
sweetbabe  11/21/2006
Agatha was the true name of the Trunchbull in Matilda.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2006
Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was born Agatha May Clarissa Miller in Devon, England in 1890. She is better known as Dame Agatha Christie, an English crime fiction writer. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott.
ADT  6/27/2006
Sounds like an old lady, and not very pretty.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2006
I really love this name! I like all evil witches too ;P.
Manya  3/18/2006
The Swedish form of Agatha is Agda. [noted -ed]
Ylva  2/8/2006
Not a very elegant name. It sounds like an evil witch or something.
Dogsy  1/16/2006

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