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This is also a nickname variant of Theodosia.
AmandaChristine  4/28/2019
I’m an Athena and I always go by Thea. My family and friends find it very cute. The meaning of Thea— goddess, also pairs well with Athena:)
― Anonymous User  4/23/2019
Such a pretty and underused name. I only like it as a given name, not a nickname.
Luvbug86  2/25/2019
Could be a nickname for Theophania/Theofania as well.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2018
In Italy Thea reached 34 bearers born in 2016 while twenty years ago only 10 Thea were born.
Felie  11/22/2018
This is a really beautiful name. I like it short for Theodora or Dorothea, or on its own, but my favourite pronunciations are 'THAY-a' and 'TAY-a'. If I were to name some future daughter this, I would do Thea (pronounced 'THAY-a) and her sister (or middle name maybe) would be Hazel.
BeccyLeader2  10/9/2018
Nice name just as it is.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2018
They is short for Theadora. Both are fine but not great.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2018
It's great as a full name and as a nickname for Althea.
kayisforkeen  8/18/2018
I rate Thea 6/10 as it was an old-fave of mine.

I think that it is too nicknamey in its look and less charming than Dora which has the same vibe, in my opinion.

Thea has a mature, proud, dignified and aristocratic vibe with a strong part in it that could be tomboyish.
Felie  4/25/2018
I was named after both of my Grandmothers. My middle name, Bernice (pronounced Brrr-niece), was from my maternal Grandmother's middle name. My first name, Thea, is from my paternal Grandmother's first name; her Mother was from Oslo, Norway. My mother liked the English pronunciation whereas I was called "Thee-ah"; not the harsh "Th" like in the word "thee & thou", but a soft "Th" like Cynthia. (Remember, I'm talking about pronunciation, not the written form.) My Grandmother was called "Tay-ah", as that is how it's pronounced in Norwegian. (The different pronunciations came in handy when we had family parties.) I'm now called by both pronunciations, however I prefer the Norwegian style.
renmus1650  11/25/2017
Beautiful name and getting quite popular in the UK at the moment, hope it won't be the next "Sophie" in terms of popularity.
Polkadotprincess  4/16/2017
Also used in Greece (Θεα).
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/25/2016
I have a high school aged niece with this name and it has always brought to mind someone like "The Church Lady" from Saturday Night Live. They pronounce it Thee'a. But a friend is considering it for her baby and out of curiosity I wanted to read what other people's reactions are. I had never heard it pronounced without the TH sound. I really like Tay'a!
― Anonymous User  9/1/2016
Thea means 'aunt' in greek.
Katherington  8/17/2016
I was searching for a very pretty and different name. Thea is one of the solutions for it. I have named my daughter Thea Nandan. I believe many people say Come Again when I tell them her name. They get confused with Diya in India. Being unique is the most important thing with a name. I love this name.
anuanushakc  8/16/2016
This is my 6 year old's name. I thought it might barely enter the top 1000 names but it looks like it's zoomed up the charts in the last few years!
― Anonymous User  8/8/2016
I wanted to connect my daughter to all of her grandmothers... mine and hers and we were both lucky to have grandmothers of the same name... both of mine are Dorothy and both of hers are Elizabeth. But I don't believe in naming people EXACTLY the same name so I named her Thea (for Dorothy) Isabela (for Elizabeth) and I think it's an awesome name! Her personality matches the name impressions on this site and I find that very interesting as well. Beautiful, feminine but a strong and independent woman. :)
eimibeth  3/5/2016
Thea Dearden Queen is a fictional character from the TV show Arrow, which is based on DC Comic's Green Arrow. She is the sister of protagonist Oliver Queen, and daughter of Moira Queen and (SPOILER) Malcolm Merlyn. She goes by the alter ego "Speedy".
Thea is portrayed by actress Willa Holland.
Fray  3/4/2016
Thea is very pretty.
Lilibet  1/3/2016
This is a cool, kinda bad-ass name. I feel like Thea would be a rockstar or a confident humanitarian.
Ford78  11/23/2015
This is my name. When I was a kid I hated it and wanted to change my name to something simple and common. Even with this name rising in popularity, no one can pronounce it correctly. I go by Thee-ah and have to tell people at least three times how to pronounce it correctly and when they get it wrong for a fourth time I give up and let them call me what they want. I love the name now. I always get compliments and it sparks conversation. Unfortunately, I don't like the show Arrow and there is a Thea on it so I get the comparison a lot which is a bit annoying.
― Anonymous User  11/17/2015
I named my daughter Thea and have to say it's not very heard of but my husband choose and and I instantly fell in love with it and it suits my daughter perfectly. Although sometimes it is pronounced incorrectly as 'Tayah' when in fact it's 'Thee-ah'. Such a beautiful rare name that I'm proud to have named my little girl.
― Anonymous User  10/7/2015
I have always been rather chuffed with my name although, it's always been a small battle of mine to get new people that I meet to pronounce it properly. School registration had always been tiresome in the first few weeks of a new year as my teachers were VERY hit and miss. I've been named; 'Tee-ya', 'Tay-ah' and 'thay-ah'; when I go by the 'thee-ah' pronunciation. I've found that it depends on where you are, because my granddad's always pronounced it 'tee-ya' as he is French.
GingerSlytherin  7/20/2015
I used to have so much trouble trying to decide on the correct pronunciation for this name as a kid. I juggled between "THEE-ya", "THAY-ya", "TEE-ya", "TAY-ya", "TEE",... the list goes on. Not always the easiest for a young kid to pronounce when reading out of a book.
Other than that, it sounds pretty, but logical and strong.
Danneyland  6/19/2015
My girlfriend's name is Thea... And I think it's one of the most beautiful names ever made...
shards_13  11/27/2014
I love this name, it is just so beautiful and sweet. I have it on my list paired as Thea Hazel.
KarlinaFleur  10/26/2014
I used to hate my name until I turned about 50. When I was a kid, I hated it after we moved from Holland to Canada and the kids always pronounced my name with the Th. My parents always pronounced it as if it was spelled Tia. So basically the pronunciation in Holland was Tay-a. I think I have everyone on board now to pronounce it without the TH sound.
tiaria  9/10/2014
Thea is a beautiful name. You can spell it, pronounce it and it isn't too popular. A gem.
Lilibet  5/23/2014
The name Thea was given to 184 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
Thea Gilmore is a British singer and musician.
Caprice  10/14/2010
The bad thing about this name is that it's an anagram of hate.
Hushpuppy  11/14/2008
Pretty common and overused in Norway.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2008
A famous bearer was German writer Thea von Harbou, who wrote the movies "Metropolis", "M", "Der Mude Tod", and the "Dr. Mabuse" films.
― Anonymous User  3/28/2008
In Alma Alexander's books, 'World Weavers', the main character is a girl named Thea, which is short for Galathea. In the book, Thea is the seventh child in her family. And her parents are both seventh children too, so Thea is known as a Double-Seventh. In the magical world, much is expected of her even though she can't get any magic right at all. Thea struggles a lot, but discovers herself in the end.
rory  3/7/2008
It is also short for ALTHEA.
Thea_x  1/29/2008
Why isn't Anthea listed as a related name?
leananshae  11/27/2007
I think this name is very sweet and pretty, and not too common. Thea Elvsted was a fictional character in Henrik Ibsen's play "Hedda Gabler".
Katheros  10/5/2007
A famous bearer of this name is Canadian actress Thea Gill, whose first name is pronounced TAY-ah (TAY, rhymes with "ray").
Isla  9/5/2007
If you wanted a unique name I suggest you use this one. This is one reason I really like my name, for its meaning, but what I find is quite annoying is that many names sound similar to it. (for instance, Leah)
Lone_Butterfly  8/22/2007
I like the name Thea. It's one you don't hear every day, so when you hear this name, you don't automatically think of a person from school or wherever named Thea that you hate, you know? Just saying. I'm working on a story about a girl named Thea. She's a very upbeat character.
Penneyperson  7/11/2007
YMPvt  3/4/2007
One of my best friends is called Thea. I think it is very pretty, but only in it's own right, as my friend has it. I'm not too keen on Theadora. :)
Surreal  10/3/2006
This is a great nickname for Chrysanthea, Althea or Anthea. ;)
mum2bubba  6/24/2006
The name Thea is also of Greek origin. Thea (also written Theia) is the Greek goddess of light. She is the daughter of Ouranos (heaven) and Gaia (earth), the wife of Hyperion (Titan god of light), and mother of Helios (the sun), Eos (the dawn), and Selene (the moon). The name has two meanings because the English translation, Thea, is the same for both the Greek word “èÝá” which means “sight” and “èåÜ” which means “goddess.”.
seiele  4/14/2006
This name is also used in France, where it is pronounced "TAY-ah."
Jenna R  2/15/2006
Short form for Althea.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2005
Thea also comes from the Ancient Greek thea. It means "goddess".
Carby7  6/15/2005
This name comes from the Greek meaning the "Gift of God".
namesake  3/15/2005

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