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Athena is a gorgeous name. Both the meaning and sound are nice, and I really like it. I also like the fact that it is a Greek goddess's name.
PhoenixPhire  1/20/2005
I think this name is actually pronounced Ah-tay-nah, but you could also pronounce it the English way.
Destry  4/13/2005
Athena's Roman equivalent is Minerva.
wiswina  12/3/2005
This is my niece's name - I think is one of the most beautiful names ever!
kathrynv  4/2/2006
This is a regal sounding name, one that has strength. Not really any nicknames for it. It isn't an overused name which is nice.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I love this name! I like that it has a 'wise' meaning to it. It evokes a sense of intelligence, wisdom, wit and creativity. And the pronunciation is never AT-HAY-Nah it's Ath-Ee-Na even though I like At-HAY-Na too especially for Corinna-Athena (At-Hay-Nah). Do you pronounce Athens At-HAY-Ns? I like the Spanish pronunciation to it too (AT-Heh-Nah).
― Anonymous User  5/5/2006
In Modern Greek, the pronunciation is ah-thee-NAH. (I much prefer the usual English pronunciation.) The city of Athens is pronounced ah-THEE-nah, though.
Kosta  5/10/2006
I love this name. Way prettier and less annoying than the equivalent Minerva, but that's just my humble opinion.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2006
One of my cousins is 1/4 Greek (born and raised in Athens, I believe) and she pronounces her name "A-TEE-na". Immigration transliterated her name to "Atina" when she came here.
― Anonymous User  5/18/2006
A beautiful name! Its sound and meaning are ideal. The name is neither popular nor too girlish.
Tenken  8/11/2006
In the film My Big Fat Freek Wedding Toula (Nia Varrdalous) has a sister in the film called Athena.
ClaireCFC  9/8/2006
My grandmother is called Athene which I personally prefer over Athena. It is quite a rare name as she has only ever heard of or met three other people in her life called the same. People occasionally call her 'Ath' for short though, though I much prefer the full form.
Danielle Monique  11/15/2006
I like the nickname "Thena". On a personal note, I might name my daughter Thena Delaney.
VictoriaCalledTori  2/1/2007
Also in Serbia you write this name like Atina.
FrancisRobyn  2/21/2007
If you wanted to name your daughter after the goddess, I think it would be better to call her Sophie Olivia, Sophie for wisdom and Olivia for the olive tree. I love the namesake but despise the actual name.
― Anonymous User  3/15/2007
I am the total opposite; I like Athena but I absolutely HATE Sophie, and I don't like Olivia much, plus they don't go together all that well, and Olivia is more likely to be a feminine form of Oliver (meaning elf army) than a variant of Oliva anyway, and therefore doesn't directly mean olive tree.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2007
Actually, I read in a name book that Athena actually means "wise", which makes sense as she is the Goddess of Wisdom.
gaia17  8/1/2007
This is a really beautiful name. I'm not sure that I'd use it as a first name, though. Not because I wouldn't want to, just because people may consider it a bit weird. But I love the meaning as well as how it sounds. It's just so powerful.
aileenbean  8/11/2007
Athena is a bit commonly used in Greece. The most common pet name for this name is Nana with the stress on the second a.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2007
The late Owen Hart's daughter is named Athena.
ElizainEngland  8/28/2007
A famous bearer is Athena Asamiya, a character from the "King of Fighters" game series.
Zan11  10/14/2007
A beautiful name given by the late Christina Onassis to her daughter, Athena Onassis.
cyrenanine  11/8/2007
This is one of older sister's name and I think it's a very pretty name and you don't really don't hear it that often. My sister is now 21 and loves her name.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2008
My name is Athena. For anyone contemplating whether or not to name your kid this, ask an actual Athena and not random people. I've never met another person with my name, so it's rare, but it's really not exotic-sounding. It's very rarely mispronounced because it sounds right out. I was never teased. A lot of people don't know the origin, but those who do LOVE it. I joined a Facebook group for people named Athena and everyone seemed to really like their name. Fans of the Who love it especially, haha.
Athena.Asis  10/9/2008
"Athena" is a song by the Who. It's a love song by a girl named Athena and was released as a single.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2008
I like this name. It is pretty.
mecoyle  11/16/2008
Lovely exotic name.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2008
In Greece it is pronounced Athena ah-thee-NA (as the female name) and a-THEE-na (as the capital).
E.K.  12/16/2008
My first daughter's name is Athina, the original form of Athene. She is the goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology and associated with the Owl. Athina is the goddess of Athens, she gave the city the olive tree as a present, that was one of the most important crop of ancient and even today's Greece. My daughter has 100 olive trees on our field and at the age of 2 she is already looking after them. :)
panni  2/25/2009
A beautiful, strong, regal name that could grow with a person. Love it.
emmiix3  3/17/2009
Athena is the best of the Greek goddesses, and probably the main reason I love this name. I use the nickname "Ath" (with affection and familiarity, not disrespect!) to refer to her. If I ever did have a child, this would be near the top of the name suggestions list.
gala  3/18/2009
Queen Athena (pronounced ah-TEE-na) is Ariel's mother in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning.
rachypiesheepbaa  4/4/2009
Pronounced "ah-teh-nah".
MaggieSimpson  9/2/2009
I LOVE this name. Makes me sad it was on the top 1000 list last year. :(
italiannames  11/12/2009
One of the more credible Mythology names; I think it would be easy for a person to have in real life.
lucyskydiamonds  3/7/2010
I love this name, it's pretty, ancient and has so much meaning behind it. If I ever had a daughter I wouldn't hesitate to call her Athena.
WatashiWaImasen  6/4/2010
Beautiful name. Love it.
Chrila96  12/12/2010
Love this name! Used to hate it but now I'm quite fond of it. I highly prefer Athena to Minerva. :)
blondieboo629  9/30/2011
Penelope Athena is the daughter of American actress/comedian Tina Fey.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2011
Princess Athena of Denmark (born 24 Jan 2012) is the youngest child of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark. Her full name is Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie.
Kate  5/20/2012
Athena is the green-skinned alien who falls in love with Dr. Smith on Lost in Space.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2012
Athena will be the name of the first winter storm of the 2012-2013 winter season (followed by Brutus, Caesar, and so on). The name list will be used by the Weather Channel.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2012
The name Athena was used on a nor'easter by the Weather Channel on November 7, 2012. However, it was rejected by the National Weather Service, which refused to recognize the names of winter storms. (Reply to dwayne1996 10/3/2012).
― Anonymous User  12/24/2012
I really don't like this name. In my opinion, naming someone after such a well known Goddess just seems kind of elitist and it sounds a little cheesy to me. I much prefer the roman equivalent, Minerva.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2014
●Athinë is Albanian
●Afina is Belarusian, Russian, and Ukrainian
●Atina is Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, and Serbian
●Atena is Cebuano, Esperanto, Galician, Macedonian, and Portuguese
●Athene is Dutch
●Atenas is Filipino
●Athína is Modern Greek
●Athéné is Hungarian
●Atėnė is Lithuanian.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2014
Athena makes me think of a really annoying and stuck up girl for some reason.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2014
I've known two different Athenas in my life, and both of them were smug, critical, I'm-so-much-smarter-than-you types. I don't know if being named after the Greek goddess of wisdom gave them some sort of complex or what the deal was, but my impression of the name Athena is pretty negative now because of them.
Marauder  8/30/2014
I named my daughter Athena 3 years ago and I have never had anyone say anything less than positive about it. The majority of people go out of their way to tell me how beautiful and unusual they think the name is and how much they like it. Personally I still love the name and it suits her perfectly:-)
greendragons  3/18/2015
It's ok. Everybody's favorite Mary-Sue goddess name.
thesnowwhiterose  5/30/2015
My name is indeed Athena, I pronounce it as ahh-thee-na, but some of my family do pronounce it as ahh-teh-na. I've always found my name intresting as it describes me perfectly. Uncertain, because I'm quite outgoing. Based off the Greek mythology, I do like knowledge. And learning, as it is essential. To me however, surprisingly I have a like for owls and not because of the origin of my name.
immafigget  6/17/2015
I absolutely love the name Athena, and it really bothers me when people name their dog Athena. I was going to name my daughter that but ended up having a boy. His name is Athens Brian. I get so many compliments on his name and I fell in love with it. I hope he likes it as much as I do.
Deedee1212  12/21/2015
I have a daughter name Athena (Goddess), 4 years and a son named Ares (God), 3 years. I wanted to give them strong and unique names and oh boy, they live up to their names.
kellythibault801  4/29/2016
I'll always associate this name with a wise soul of a woman who loves owls and olives; that is, the goddess Athena. It's a beautiful name and a great choice for a child, as it doesn't sound too big or unusual like some other Greek god names can sound. Though she might get teased a bit, I still think it's a lovely name that a girl would grow proud to have.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
Personally I know 2 Athenas, both of which pronounce their names ah-THEE-nah and one Athina who pronounces it ah-TEE-nah.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2016
Athena is the name of a character in the 1978 TV show "Battlestar Galactica". She was the sister of Apollo and Zac and the son of Adama and Ila.
sm31  9/18/2016
Very unique, yet simple. It reminds me of the goddess. Which I love, overall a consideration long-term wise.
QuinnBethany  10/2/2016
If you google it you'll get nothing or Meaning unknown, PERHAPS derived from Greek αθηρ (ather) "sharp" and αινη (aine) "praise" which is for sure very wrong. In original form it is Αθηνα (ATINA), In a Macedonian language or like Greeks like to say Slavo-Macedonian Atina is derived from ATA-ATINA-old church Slavonic or Slavo Macedonian-TATINA-modern Macedonian meaning father's girl. And how the goddess Athena was born: After he swallowed her pregnant mother, Metis, Athena is "born" from Zeus' forehead as he grasps the clothing of Eileithyia on the right; black-figured amphora, 550–525 BC, Louvre. So you see why she is the FATHER'S GIRL- SHE WAS BORN BY HER FATHER. Because there is no material proof that Slavs came into Macedonia, actually Slavs are just a theory who was accepted without any material or archeological proves for any kind of so- called Slav tribes appears that those tribes who were called Slavs are actually indigenous people of the south Balkan. If we consider that the Athena is founded by indigenous Pelasgians and not by Hellens who were newcomers than you have the answer who gave the name ATINA.
dr_petreb  11/12/2016
Inspiration, bravery, law and justice is all associated with this name because of the goddess, which is perfect for me because I am an aspiring civil rights lawyer. It is such a beautiful name. My favorite name that goes with Athena is Ophelia. Athena & Ophelia, I can actually imagine using it but I am very iffy with names. But it is a very beautiful name and I can imagine a well rounded individual with the name Athena. Personally I love to associate the color blue with the name Athena, assuming because of Percy Jackson. But just a very classy choice.
QuinnBethany  1/5/2017
Also used in some English-speaking countries and Scandinavia.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/22/2017
Princess Athena of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, is the youngest child and only daughter of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark. As of May 2017, Athena is tenth in the line of succession to the Danish throne.
lilolaf  6/24/2017
I like it, it's cute.
luckygirl1  12/15/2017
This is the name of an elf in the 2014 direct-to-video film, Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon.
Jumaine3x5  12/28/2017
Athena Cykes from the anime game franchise Ace Attorney bears this name.
Jumaine3x5  2/4/2018
Athena is such a powerful, strong name! I also like the character from Ace Attorney.
Kitandkat  3/26/2018

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