Given Name AGATHA

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Αγαθη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: AG-ə-thə (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of the Greek name Αγαθη (Agathe), derived from Greek αγαθος (agathos) meaning "good". Saint Agatha was a 3rd-century martyr from Sicily who was tortured and killed after spurning the advances of a Roman official. The saint was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). The mystery writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a famous modern bearer of this name.
VARIANT: Agathe (Ancient Greek)
DIMINUTIVE: Aggie (English)
MASCULINE FORM: Agathon (Ancient Greek)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Agata, Jaga (Croatian), Agáta (Czech), Agathe (Danish), Agathe (French), Agathe (German), Agathe (Greek), Ágota, Ági (Hungarian), Agata (Italian), Agathe, Ågot (Norwegian), Agata (Polish), Águeda (Portuguese), Agafya, Agata (Russian), Agata, Jaga (Serbian), Agata (Slovene), Agata, Águeda (Spanish), Agata, Agda (Swedish)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017