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An ancient Greek name, Arete (f), Aretos, Aretes.(m). Arete was a philosopher of the 3rd century BC. In Greek mythology Arete was the sister of Omonoia (concord). Aretos was a bodyguard of Alexander the Great. Aretes was a general in Alexander's army.
Damis  3/3/2005
Arete was also Queen of the Pheaecians in the Odyssey, the mother of princess Nausica, who rescued Odysseus when he was near death and helped him return home.
noae  4/16/2005
A famous bearer of this name is Aretha Franklin, "the Queen of Soul".
Morgan  10/27/2005
I've seen names similar to this such as "Aerith" and "Areth", but I've never actually seen this name anywhere.
Arowen Half-Elven  12/21/2005
This name sounds like urethra, and everyone would assume the girl or woman is named after Aretha Franklin.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
Seconding the person who mentioned it sounds like 'urethra', because that's what it always reminds me of too. The urethra, for those who don't know, is the tube through which you pee. Yeah, not what you want to bring to mind when you tell people baby's name.
Nia River  2/17/2013
Very lovely, and a great alternative to the unattractive Agatha.
Black_X  10/31/2011
I don't like this name, and I don't really care for Aretha Franklin. It sounds like another name that white people think every other black woman has, when in fact that's not the case.
Bonquiqui  6/7/2012
This name might be a short form of Margaretha, just like the name Retha (which is also in the main database).
Lucille  1/19/2015
Definitely a black woman's name. I don't think there's a single white woman with this name.
TyrannosaurusRegina  11/9/2015
To the comment above, I think it is really stupid to call a specific name a "white" or "black" name. Names are names, there's no colour attached.
Kitandkat  3/16/2018
My name is Aretha, I am a white woman and I am very proud of my name. The meaning of the name is virtuous, excellent and beauty.
AVDM  1/26/2017

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