Agatha (given name)

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Agatha
Agatha orthodox icon.jpg
An Orthodox icon of St. Agatha of Sicily, the saint responsible for the wide usage of the name Agatha
Pronunciation/ˈæɡəθə/[1]
GenderFemale
Language(s)Ancient Greek
Origin
Meaning"good"
Other names
See alsoAg, 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]

People[edit]

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Fictional characters[edit]

  • Agatha de Lacey, a minor character in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Agatha Clay, the heroine of the Girl Genius comic book series
  • Agatha Crumm, the title character of a newspaper comic strip
  • Agatha Gregson or Aunt Agatha, recurring character in the Jeeves stories of British writer P. G. Wodehouse
  • Agatha Harkness, Marvel Comics witch
  • Agatha "Aggie" Prenderghast, the main antagonist of ParaNorman
  • Agatha Raisin, amateur detective in a series of novels by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Troy, Ngaio Marsh character, wife of Roderick Alleyn
  • Agatha Trunchbull, the sadistic antagonist of Roald Dahl's book Matilda
  • Agatha (Pokémon), a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise
  • Agatha, from the 2014 American comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Aunt Agatha, one of the main characters in the PBS Kids series Noddy.
  • Agatha of Woods Beyond, one of the main characters in the book series The School for Good and Evil.

Regional variants[edit]

Diminutive variants[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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

Sources[edit]

  • 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