Agatha (given name)

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An Orthodox icon of St. Agatha of Sicily, the saint responsible for the wide usage of the name Agatha
Pronunciation /ˈæɡəθə/[1]
Gender Female
Language(s) Ancient Greek
Meaning "good"
Other names
See also Ag, Aggy, Aggi, Aggie

Agatha also Agata, is a feminine given name derived from the Ancient Greek word ἀγαθός (agathos), meaning good.

It was the name of St. Agatha of Sicily, a third-century Christian martyr. The name has been rarely used in English-speaking countries in recent years.[2] It was last ranked among the top 1,000 names for girls born in the United States during the 1930s.[3]

Russian name[edit]

In Russian, the name "Ага́та" (Agata) was borrowed from the Western European languages, and derives from the same Ancient Greek root from which older names Agafya[4] and Agafa[5] also come. Its masculine version is Agat.[6] In 1924–1930, the name was included into various Soviet calendars,[7] which included the new and often artificially created names promoting the new Soviet realities and encouraging the break with the tradition of using the names in the Synodal Menologia.[8]

Its diminutives include Agatka (Ага́тка), Aga (А́га), and Gata (Га́та).[5]






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  1. ^ Wells, John (26 March 2010). "Agatha and Helena". John Wells's phonetic blog. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Behind the Name
  3. ^ Behind the Name
  4. ^ Nikonov, p. 63
  5. ^ a b Petrovsky, p. 38
  6. ^ a b c d e f Superanskaya [1], p. 251
  7. ^ Superanskaya [2], pp. 22 and 278
  8. ^ Toronto Slavic Quarterly. Елена Душечкина. "Мессианские тенденции в советской антропонимической практике 1920-х - 1930-х годов" (in Russian)
  9. ^ Aagje and Aagtje at the Meertens Institute database of Dutch given names


  • В. А. Никонов (V. A. Nikonov). "Ищем имя" (Looking for a Name). Изд. "Советская Россия". Москва, 1988. ISBN 5-268-00401-8
  • Н. А. Петровский (N. A. Petrovsky). "Словарь русских личных имён" (Dictionary of Russian First Names). ООО Издательство "АСТ". Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-17-002940-3
  • [1] А. В. Суперанская (A. V. Superanskaya). "Современный словарь личных имён: Сравнение. Происхождение. Написание" (Modern Dictionary of First Names: Comparison. Origins. Spelling). Айрис-пресс. Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-8112-1399-9
  • [2] А. В. Суперанская (A. V. Superanskaya). "Словарь русских имён" (Dictionary of Russian Names). Издательство Эксмо. Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-699-14090-5