Girl Baby Name

Agatha

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Quick Facts on Agatha

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
AG-ə-thə
Simple meaning:
Good

Characteristics of Agatha

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Agatha

Agatha is an English female name, the Latinized form of the ancient Greek Agathe (Αγαθη), from “agathos” meaning “good”. The name primarily owes its long-lasting endurance in usage to a popular 3rd century saint, St. Agatha of Sicily. St. Agatha holds the distinction of being one of only seven female saints (excluding the Virgin Mary) commemorated in the Canon of the Holy Mass (the other six are: Cecilia, Agnes, Lucy, Perpetua, Felicity and Anastasia). St. Agatha was a wealthy young woman from a noble family and, although she probably had a bevy of suitors, she had long ago consecrated herself to Christ (refusing all men but Him). That didn’t work out too well for a Roman official named Quintianus who happened to have designs on the fresh, young teenager. However, when Agatha rejected his advances, Quintianus had her arrested for her Christian faith (then illegal in the pagan Roman Empire). Faced with unspeakable acts of torture, St. Agatha only became stronger and more steadfast in her faith. According to legend, St. Agatha’s breasts were cut off by her persecutors and, as a result, she is venerated as the patroness of breast cancer patients. Due to the popularity of her cult during the Middles Ages, Agatha’s name perpetuated. She was also one of the most highly venerated of the so-called “virgin” martyrs during the Middle Ages. Naming one’s child after a saint was seen as a measure of protection during precarious medieval times. And it could certainly be said that St. Agatha lived up to the “goodness” in her name! Probably the most familiar modern name bearer would be the prolific English mystery writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) adding literary cachet to this ancient name. Aggie is a common nickname.

Popularity of the Name Agatha

We know Agatha is a name that has been used among English speakers since at least the 11th century, most likely introduced to England by way of the Norman French. We also know that Agatha dates way back to the beginning of (white man’s) American history. However, our data only goes back to 1880 – a year when Agatha was the 421st most popular baby girl’s name in the United States. The name turned into the 20th century as a quasi-moderate favorite, but pretty much began an immediate decline as the decades progressed. In fact, 1945 marks the last year Agatha made an appearance on America’s Top 1000 list which means today the name is given to probably less than 50 baby girls per year (out of about two million). This means we have an original choice on our hands people! This is a name with a lot going for it. Old-fashioned charm? Check. Strong and feisty rather than weak and girly? Check. Literary cachet? Check. Christian significance? Check. Saintly? Check. Yes, we know it’s a name often associated with an ugly old hag, but this is merely part of her attraction in our book. And one cannot deny the name’s etymology: “good”. Sounds pretty “good” to us!
Popularity of the Girl Name Agatha
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Agatha

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Agatha

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Agatha

    Agatha We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Agatha.

  • Popular Songs on Agatha

    Popular Songs on Agatha

    Agatha - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Agatha.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Agatha

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Agatha

    Agatha Bagatha very bad cat (Jeanne Carr) - Parents and children love Agatha Bagatha's gentle message of honesty and integrity amidst beautiful illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Agatha Heterodyne & The Beetleburg Clank (Phil Foglio & Kaja Foglio) - From the Girl Genius Volume 1 series (more volumes available). In a time when the Industrial Revolution has become an all-out war, Mad Science rules the World... with mixed success. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, Agatha Clay is a student with trouble concentrating and rotten luck. Dedicated to her studies but unable to build anything that actually works, she seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the University is overthrown, a strange "clank" stalks the streets and it begins to look like Agatha might carry a spark of Mad Science after all. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy (Kjartan Poskitt) - Helloooo! This story is about the time I was watching SING WIGGLE AND SHINE on TV (the worst talent show ever WAHOO love it love it) but my evil brother James nicked the TV remote so he could watch football instead. Don’t worry, I got my own back! All it took was a giant yellow cake, some fairies, a school fete and a big sofa cushion. Oh, and Dad ended up with his toenails painted, so does that all make sense to you? It will do when you’ve read this book ha ha wicked! Hope you like it, and thanks for reading this BLURB! Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Agatha Parrot and the Thirteenth Chicken (Kjartan Poskitt) - Hiya! One night me and my friends had to look after some baby chickens but one of them disappeared. Eeek eeek panic panic – where could he be? That’s when Bianca found something blocking up her trombone, then Dad found a lump under his new wallpaper, and then we saw mad Ivy burying something in a plant pot! (Don’t worry, there IS a happy ending. Promise promise.) Agatha Parrot. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Harold and Agatha: The Mysterious Jewel (Ami Dolenz) - Harold, a brainy sophisticated ten year old from London, and Agatha, an adventurous, rambunctious eleven year old from California, are total opposites. They have recently become stepbrother and sister, and are not very happy about it. When Agatha is forced to take Harold on a hiking trip, they discover a mysterious jewel, unlike anything they’ve ever seen, and decide to go back and look for more. Unfortunately, a strong earthquake plunges them down into a subterranean world where an evil king has enslaved a once peaceful race. Now, Harold and Agatha must risk everything to help their new friend, Princess Qubar save her people from the tyranny of King Zantar, and then get back home before their parents return from their honeymoon. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Strange Disappearance of Agatha Buck (Rachel Nickerson Luna) - A vision appears in Abigail Lincoln’s summer home. It could be a ghost, but when food begins to disappear, the Eel Grass Girls suspect a homeless woman. In the end, they discover someone far more incredible! Recommended for ages uncertain.

  • Famous People Named Agatha

    Famous People Named Agatha

    Famous People Named Agatha - Agatha Christie (mystery writer); Agatha of Sicily (3rd century saint)

  • Children of Famous People Named Agatha

    Children of Famous People Named Agatha

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Agatha - Thomas Gibson (actor), William the Conqueror (11th century King of England)

  • Historic Figures

    Agatha - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Agatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) - Dame Agatha Miller Christie was the extraordinarily prolific British mystery writer who created two of the most beloved detectives of the genre: Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Prolific hardly begins to describe it – Agatha Christie’s works rank third in sales after the Bible and William Shakespeare! Not content with all of that, Agatha Christie also produced several romance novels under the name “Mary Wesmacott” and also wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap. She was born into the wealthy upper middle class, and portrayed that genre most successfully in her fiction. Colonels, country squires, dames, ladies and earls pepper her prose, and she is distinctly British. One never forgets that Poirot, however clever, is a foreigner! Agatha Christie has provided cozy comfort for millions down through the years, not the least of which derives from some of her own personal history. While married to the very handsome airman, Archibald Christie (with whom she had her only child, a daughter, Rosalind), Agatha disappeared for a ten day period when their marital troubles (that is to say, Archie’s mistress) became apparent. Her disappearance was top news, and thousands participated in the search before she was discovered at a hotel in Yorkshire. She never publicly explained the affair – well, she was a woman of mystery, after all! In later years, Agatha had a long and happy marriage to Sir. Max Mallowan, an archeologist, whom she accompanied on many Middle Eastern digs. She wrote continuously, right up until her death, and her work is as appreciated today as it was in her lifetime.

Personality of the Girl Name Agatha

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Agatha

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