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In Greek mythology, Alethea was the daughter of Zeus and Arete, the personification of truth.
Damis  3/3/2005
In a book I read, a character was named Alethea. She wasn't truthful or trustworthy at all. She was deceitful, bad, and a liar. She teased men with her beautiful looks, pretended to love them. Then, once she got bored of them, she would move onto another man, elf, or even dwarf!
― Anonymous User  2/17/2006
It's pronounced "a LEE thee a" - that's the way I pronounce it, anyway, and everyone else I've ever heard of that has it as a name pronounces it. Also have known a few Greek speakers and that is the way they pronounce it as well. [noted -ed]
alethea522  2/20/2006
The name is actually pronounced "a-LEE-the-a".
alethea.marie  11/8/2006
I think Alethea is a beautiful name, but I know an Alethea and a lot of people mishear it as "Alicia".
visitor27  11/18/2006
The only person I've ever met with this name pronounced it "a-LEE-tha", with the second e in Alethea being silent. I think it is very pretty, and love the meaning. However, the al-e-THEE-a pronunciation reminds me of Alicia with a lisp. It's still pretty, though.
menno_girl  3/7/2007
Like the commenters above, the only Alethea I know pronounces her name "a-LEE-thee-a".
Jenna R  4/27/2007
Very pretty name, though I could see how others may mistake it for you saying "Alicia" with a speech impediment. But I like this name. Plus, there are many different ways you could choose to say it, so you can be rather unique with it!
emmycathryn  5/4/2007
Alethea McGrath is an Australian actress who played the role of Jocasta Nu in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
LMS  8/5/2007
My name is Aletheia. And I say it UH-lay-thay-uh.
ChangMai  3/9/2008
In ancient Greek, the second syllable of this word is the stressed one. So, the most correct pronunciation is a-LEE-thee-a.
Marie-Amelie  4/25/2008
I have always been known as Thea and was only ever called Alethea when naughty. However, when I started work at my current place of employment for some reason, despite me saying I prefer to be called Thea, almost everyone calls me Alethea. Or at least they try to. A couple get it right, but I still after 2 years regularly get Al-a-thea, Ale-thea, Al-thea, Al-ee-tha even Anthea, even though my work email has my proper name attached to it and I always sign as Thea.
I never really though about how I say my name until all this business but I guess I pronounce it Uh-LEE-thee-ah or A-LEE-thee-a.
Alethea1981  4/29/2008
Alethea was the name of a little girl played by the very young Jodie Foster on one episode of the highly popular television miniseries "Kung Fu". Alethea is deceived by something that she sees and misinterprets it, she later realizes she is wrong and tells the truth which frees the main character. Alethea means "truth", this little girl embodies the truth.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2008
My name is Athena and I'm such a narcissist (in the classic meaning of the word) that I'll probably name my daughter Alethea to be similar.
Athena.Asis  10/6/2008
I find this name rather complicated, but pretty nonetheless.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2009
Very classic. And I love that the name was coined in the 1600s--it sounds like something Shakespeare would've used.
erb816  7/19/2010
Alethea was a major character in The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2010
Sounds like somebody with a lisp trying to say Alicia. It's annoying, I dislike it.
Chrila96  11/20/2010
It does sound pretty, but I prefer Althea.
Louska  1/31/2011
I knew someone who bore this name, which is why, for me, this beautiful name will always bring to mind a strong spirit who's not afraid to be frank, yet always aims to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15) -- where "love" refers to "agapê", or universal love for others.
seraphine_eternal  4/13/2012
Alethea Austin is an aerial pole dancer most well-known for winning the United States Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) Championship in 2010. She is regarded as one of the preeminent competing pole dancers and instructors in the world.
brilliantblue  9/24/2012
I too have had difficulty with people saying my name strangely, as a server I shortened it to Ali, tired of having 5 min conversations re: my name. My family still call my "Aleetheea". I like my full name and like the meaning of it, only hope that I can live up to it. Have a great day.
aletheajjohnson  7/11/2014
Strong, independent, intelligent, classy and shamelessly feminine but not too frilly! I love this name!
Purrsian  1/28/2015
The name Alethea was given to 39 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
We named our daughter, now 3 months old, Alethea. We use the less common pronunciation (but the first we heard) uh-LAY-thee-uh. We love it, and hope that she will speak truth in love.
theresearcher  8/31/2017

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