US Popularity:22502
Meaning:Virtue; Goodness; Excellence; Manliness; Prowess; Rank; Valor
Aretha is a girl’s name of Greek origin that means “virtue,” “goodness,” “excellence,” “manliness,” “prowess,” “rank” or “valor.” Easy to spell and pronounce, Aretha sings off the tongue and carries an aura of eminence. Aretha may come from the Greek word arete, the concept of excellence of any kind. In Homer’s Odyssey, Arete is the name given to the wife of King Alcinous, who is looked upon as a goddess by her people. Singer Aretha Franklin has certainly lived up to her name, with a successful career that spans generations and her title as the Queen of Soul. Needless to say, the name Aretha powerfully inspires excellence in its bearer!

Famous People Named Aretha

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  • Aretha Franklin

Aretha Name Popularity Data

U.S. Births

Overall:Aretha is currently #22502 in U.S. births
Girl:Aretha is currently #13572 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
+ 176
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Aretha, June 2023

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