Agatha (given name)

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Agatha orthodox icon.jpg
An Orthodox icon of St. Agatha of Sicily, the saint responsible for the wide usage of the name Agatha
Language(s)Ancient Greek
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]





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]



  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