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Etymology & Historical Origin - Tia
For such a teeny-tiny, three-lettered name, Tia ended up being a lot more complicated to research than we would have expected. Tia packs a lot of punch in that tiny frame of hers. First of all, there’s a lot of inaccurate information out there on the Internet regarding the etymological meaning of Tia. A lot of people erroneously believe that Tia is the ancient Egyptian word for “princess”. That’s a lovely thought and all, but it’s simply not true. The confusion comes from a real-life Egyptian princess (Tia or Tiya) who belonged to the 19th royal dynasty (c. 1300 B.C.); both her father and her younger brother held the supreme earthly title of Pharaoh. Apparently, 3,300 years ago the Egyptians didn’t even have a hieroglyphic word for “princess” – rather, Princess Tia would have been referred to simply as “pharaoh’s daughter”. People also incorrectly believe Tia is Greek for “princess”; they may be confused with the Greek θεά (Thea) meaning “goddess, divine-like” (close enough, right?). Theia was a Greek goddess of light; the Titan daughter of Gaia (mother earth) and Uranus (father sky). She is the mother of Helios (sun), Eos (dawn) and Selene (moon). Some folks may be using Tia as an alternate form of Theia (also known as Thea/Thia). It is also commonly considered a short form for other female names like Cristina, Letitia, Tatiana, Tiana and Tiara. Last but not least, Tia is the Portuguese and Spanish word for “aunt”. Tia is currently on the Top 100 list of favorite names in England, and it’s a Top 50 choice in Slovenia and Croatia.
Popularity of the Name Tia
Tia has been in circulation as a female given name in the United States since the early 1960s. The name saw impressive increases in usage within a relatively short time frame, and we’re not exactly sure why. The late 1960s introduced young tweens to a popular sci-fi novel called “Escape to Witch Mountain” (1968) in which one of the two main protagonists (and extraterrestrial beings) is named Tia. The novel was followed by a popular Disney film of the same name (1975). The height of Tia’s success came in the early 1980s when the name reached as high as #221 (1982). Never a super trendy name choice, attraction to this name may have something to do with her minimalistic charm. Although minimalism isn’t exactly in style right now so it’s no surprise Tia has dropped down to the lowest levels of today’s Top 1000 list.
Popularity of the Girl Name Tia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Tia
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Tia
Tia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Tia.
Popular Songs on Tia
Tia - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Tia.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Tia
Escape to Witch Mountain (Alexander Key) - A sci-fi classic returns to print in its true, best, and original form! With renewed interest in Alexander Key's extraordinary 1968 novel, fans can dive into Escape to Witch Mountain as it was meant to be read. The powerful, thrilling story of Tony and Tia—twins joined by their paranormal gifts, on the run from evil forces that seek to suppress their forgotten pasts—is more gripping and relevant than ever. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Tia the Tulip Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book (Daisy Meadows) - Every flower is bright and blooming, thanks to the Petal Fairies! But when Jack Frost steals their magical petals, there's trouble in Fairyland. Help save Fairyland's flowers! Every flower is bright and blossoming, thanks to the Petal Fairies! But when Jack Frost steals their magical petals, the fairies are in trouble. Flowers everywhere could disappear! Tia the Tulip Fairy's petal is lost in the apple orchard. Can Rachel and Kirsty find it… before Jack Frost's goblins do? Find the magical petal in each book and keep Fairyland in full bloom! Recommended for ages 6-9.
Famous People Named Tia
Famous People Named Tia - Tia Carrere (actress); Tia Mowry (actress); Tia Fuller (musician); Tia Hellebaut (Belgian Olympian); Tia Sharp (English girl who went missing); Tia Texada (actress); Princess Tia (ancient Egyptian princess)
Children of Famous People Named Tia
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Tia - Pat Morita (actor)
Tia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Tia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Tia.
Personality of the Girl Name Tia
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Tia