From the ancient Greek name Θεοκλεια (Theokleia)
, which meant "glory of God" from the Greek elements θεος (theos)
meaning "god" and κλεος (kleos)
meaning "glory". The 1st-century Saint
Thekla was supposedly the first female martyr. She appears (as Θεκλα
) in the apocryphal 'Acts of Paul and Thecla' from the 2nd century.