Monday, 5 May 2014

Agatha


"Saint Peter Healing Agatha" by Giovanni Lanfranco


Origin: Greek
Meaning: "good"
Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: AG-ə-thə

Saint Agatha of Sicily is a 3rd century Christian saint and virgin martyr who was tortured and killed because of her refusal to worship Roman Emperors. She is the patron saint of breast cancer patients, martyrs, wet nurses, bell-founders, bakers, fire, earthquakes, and eruptions of Mount Etna.

It is the name of the famous mystery writer, Agatha Christie. Agatha Heterodyne is a character in the online steampunk comic, Girl Genius.

   Related names:

Agafya - Russian (f)
Agáta - Czech (f)
Agata - Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian (f)
Agathe - French, German, Norwegian, Danish, Greek (f)
Agathon - Ancient Greek (m)
Agda - Swedish (f)
Ågot - Norwegian (f)
Ágota - Hungarian (f)
Águeda - Spanish, Portuguese (f)
Jaga - Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian (f)

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