Origin: Greek
11 famous people named Alethea found on Wikipedia.
4497 female in US.
Most recent ranking: 4638-th in year 2018
Best ranking: 522-th in year 1973
Used in: English


A female given name: from a Greek word meaning “truth.”.

Alethea is an English language female first name derived from the ancient and modern Greek feminine noun αλήθεια (pronounced "al-ee-thia"), meaning "truth". It is thus an equivalent of the name Verity, from the Latin feminine noun veritas, "truth". As an English first name it is frequently pronounced in modern times in an Anglicised form as "Ala-thee-a". The name dates from the 16th century, as given in 1585 to Alethea Talbot (1585–1654), the youngest daughter of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and later Countess of Arundel following her marriage to Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel. The name as used for the daughter of a wealthy nobleman in the Renaissance era in England would certainly have been pronounced "Al-ee-thia", that is as an Ancient Greek word, as the father would have received a thorough education in Ancient Greek and Latin and would thus be aware of the correct pronunciation. Women named Alethea include:
Alethea Charlton (1931–1976), British actress
Alethea Garstin (1894–1978), English painter and Royal Academician
Alethea Hayter OBE (1911–2006), English author and British Council Representative
Alethea Howard, Countess of Arundel (1585–1654), née Talbot, wife of Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel
Alethea Kontis (born 1976), American author and editor living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Alethea Lewis (1749–1827), English novelist, born at Acton, near Nantwich, Cheshire
Alethea McGrath, Australian actress

Fem. proper name, from Greek aletheia "truth, truthfulness," from alethes "true," literally "not concealing," from privative prefix a- "not" (see a- (3)) + lethe "forgetfulness, oblivion, concealment," from PIE root *ladh- "be hidden" (see latent).

Derived from Greek aletheia: truthful, mythological goddess of truth.

Famous People: 11 found on Wikipedia.
Popularity Name Birth Year Description
1 Alethea McGrath 1920 Australian actress
2 Alethea Howard, Countess of Arundel 1585 English noble
3 Alethea Charlton 1931 British actress
4 Alethea Miranda 1976
5 Alethea Kontis 1976 American writer
6 Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
7 Alethea Lewis 1749 British writer
8 Alethea Hayter 1911 British writer
9 Alethea Sedgman 1994 Australian female sport shooting Olympian
10 Alethea Garstin 1894 British landscape painter
11 Alethea Boon