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In the T.V. show "In the Heat of the Night," Anne-Marie Johnson played Althea Tibbs, the wife of the Chief of Detectives, Virgil Tibbs.
breakofday  1/7/2006
Althea Gibson was a famous tennis player.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
Althea, from Greek Ἀλθεία, was Meleager's mother's name and is also the Latin scientific name of the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis. In ancient Greek, ἀλθεία could also designate the mallow (Malva).

The name comes from the root ἀλθαι-, "heal", which gave the verb ἀλθαίνω. Ἀλθαία merely means "healing substance", which refers to the way this medical plant was used during Antiquity.

Source: Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque by Pierre Chantraine.
Vincent Ramos  9/23/2006
Althea was the name of Larry Flynt's deceased wife.
visitor27  11/18/2006
It has a pretty sound. Ali could be a possible nickname.
Bethany  12/17/2006
It is interesting how Althea has a "healing" meaning and it has all the same letters as health. I wonder if health stems from althea in any way.
Bethany  12/17/2006
This name comes from the Greek for truth.
worldwidejwebb  11/13/2007
I believe you're confusing this name with Alethea. Althea does not come actually from the Greek word for truth, but Alethea does.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2009
I've heard people with this name just called Thea for short.
lowcal historyan  11/15/2007
It's pronounced Al-thee-a or Ol-thee-a.
Thea_x  1/29/2008
A very pretty name, in my opinion. Old-fashioned and elegant, too. The nickname 'Thea' is nice as well.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2008
Pronounced "Ahl-te-ah".
MaggieSimpson  5/19/2008
Ross and Monica's nana was named Althea in FRIENDS.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2009
I have a friend named Althea, except she pronounces it like Aaliyah. It's weird, but I think it's pretty.
blondieboo629  8/2/2011
Althea Crome is the woman who created some of the clothes for the movie Coraline. She hand knits clothes on a very, VERY small scale.
AnastasiaE  9/30/2012
The Grateful Dead have a well-known song called Althea. Many Dead fans believe the song makes reference to both the mother of Meleager and Leda (Helen of Troy's mother) in Greek Mythology and a poem by Richard Lovelace, "To Althea, From Prison" in the 1600s.
bellehime  10/10/2012
The name Althea was given to 72 baby girls born in the US in 2012. It's an absolutely beautiful name when pronounced all-TAY-a :)
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
Despite being a wholly female name, I know a man with this name, who was born in the 1950s. Not so surprisingly, he goes by the nickname Al.
bellehime  6/17/2014
Althea Vestrit, central character in The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb.
Feorsteorra  9/1/2015
The Althea from the Grateful Dead song, Althea Gibson, and Althea Tibbs are all pronounced al-THEE-ah.
earthnut  1/4/2016
I really like the uniqueness of the name. It sounds wonderful pronounced as al-thee-a and as al-tay-a.
tfq._.  4/5/2016
The name Althea was given to 129 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Aly or Thea for short?
― Anonymous User  9/20/2017
Sounds very powerful and it isn't overused. I love the meaning as well! I prefer the pronouciation al-thay-a to al-thee-a.
Kitandkat  4/6/2018

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