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The pronunciation is a-re-THOO-zah.
Aqua  11/21/2006
Arethusa was Harold Skimpole's blue-eyed Beauty daughter in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens.
Kate  4/29/2007
Heavy. Too elaborate. Hate it.
IronTears  6/20/2008
I agree, it is too heavy. Arethusa, Medusa. Names that end in "-usa", in my opinion, are too heavy for real people. For characters. Maybe.
erb816  8/21/2009
I love this name's meaning, but the name itself is a bit old lady-ish, though I did find it in a book on my family's genealogy, so that's probably where I got the association.
magicalhannah7  8/27/2009
According to, Arethusa means swift water
(ardô, thoos). [noted -ed]
Namemaven  2/19/2015

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