Aretha

First Name
6k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Aretha

"Aretha" is a name of American origin, and it means "Excellence". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Notable Persons Named Aretha

She holds the title Respect". Her most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to present. Aretha was given the name Aretha Louise Franklin by her parents C. L. Franklin and Barbara Siggers Franklin on March 25th, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Aretha was born on August 14th, 1976 in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Aretha is also known as Hill and Aretha.

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Aretha Henry is a rhythm, blues, and pop music musician. She has been prominent since 2008. Aretha was born on August 1st, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi.

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How popular is the baby name Aretha in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1900 5 5 0
1902 7 7 0
1903 7 7 0
1905 6 6 0
1906 5 5 0
1907 12 12 0
1908 9 9 0
1909 13 13 0
1910 10 10 0
1911 12 12 0
1912 13 13 0
1913 18 18 0
1914 24 24 0
1915 30 30 0
1916 17 17 0
1917 33 33 0
1918 24 24 0
1919 41 41 0
1920 31 31 0
1921 33 33 0
1922 46 46 0
1923 45 45 0
1924 30 30 0
1925 46 46 0
1926 39 39 0
1927 15 15 0
1928 27 27 0
1929 32 32 0
1930 37 37 0
1931 23 23 0
1932 39 39 0
1933 34 34 0
1934 39 39 0
1935 36 36 0
1936 31 31 0
1937 31 31 0
1938 30 30 0
1939 39 39 0
1940 28 28 0
1941 20 20 0
1942 31 31 0
1943 28 28 0
1944 33 33 0
1945 34 34 0
1946 34 34 0
1947 32 32 0
1948 44 44 0
1949 31 31 0
1950 36 36 0
1951 32 32 0
1952 36 36 0
1953 26 26 0
1954 32 32 0
1955 30 30 0
1956 38 38 0
1957 47 47 0
1958 34 34 0
1959 44 44 0
1960 59 59 0
1961 109 109 0
1962 131 131 0
1963 110 110 0
1964 123 123 0
1965 148 148 0
1966 91 91 0
1967 385 385 0
1968 544 544 0
1969 308 308 0
1970 257 257 0
1971 237 237 0
1972 199 199 0
1973 147 147 0
1974 152 152 0
1975 117 117 0
1976 97 97 0
1977 91 91 0
1978 80 80 0
1979 64 64 0
1980 55 55 0
1981 54 54 0
1982 50 50 0
1983 33 33 0
1984 40 40 0
1985 26 26 0
1986 34 34 0
1987 27 27 0
1988 26 26 0
1989 23 23 0
1990 24 24 0
1991 22 22 0
1992 17 17 0
1993 12 12 0
1994 14 14 0
1995 9 9 0
1997 8 8 0
1998 7 7 0
1999 10 10 0
2000 5 5 0
2001 6 6 0
2002 7 7 0
2006 5 5 0
2008 7 7 0
2010 7 7 0
2011 5 5 0
2013 6 6 0
2017 5 5 0

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Popularity of Aretha as a first name

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Common last names for Aretha

  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Smith
  • White
  • Hill
  • Harris
  • Stewart
  • Thomas

Fun Facts about the name Aretha

  • How Popular is the name Aretha? Aretha is the 3,505th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Aretha have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,632 babies born with the first name Aretha in the United States. That's more than enough people named Aretha to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Aretha? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Aretha first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Aretha is Sunday, February 28th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Aretha born? The highest recorded use of the first name Aretha was in 1968 with a total of 544 babies.
  • Random Aretha Factoid: According to the 1977 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Aretha is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1977.
  • Weird things about the name Aretha: Your name in reverse order is Ahtera. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aheatr. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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