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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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Aly or Thea for short?
― Anonymous User  9/20/2017
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The name Althea was given to 129 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
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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
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The Althea from the Grateful Dead song, Althea Gibson, and Althea Tibbs are all pronounced al-THEE-ah.
earthnut  1/4/2016
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Althea Vestrit, central character in The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb.
Feorsteorra  9/1/2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ross and Monica's nana was named Althea in FRIENDS.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2009
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Pronounced "Ahl-te-ah".
MaggieSimpson  5/19/2008
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A very pretty name, in my opinion. Old-fashioned and elegant, too. The nickname 'Thea' is nice as well.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2008
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It's pronounced Al-thee-a or Ol-thee-a.
Thea_x  1/29/2008
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I've heard people with this name just called Thea for short.
lowcal historyan  11/15/2007
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This name comes from the Greek for truth.
worldwidejwebb  11/13/2007
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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
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It has a pretty sound. Ali could be a possible nickname.
Bethany  12/17/2006
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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
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Althea was the name of Larry Flynt's deceased wife.
visitor27  11/18/2006
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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
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Althea Gibson was a famous tennis player.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
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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

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