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  1. The capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess) ("in the 5th century BC ancient Athens was the world's most powerful and civilized city")
  2. A university town in northeast Georgia
  3. A town in southeast Ohio

Borrowing from Ancient Greek Ἀθῆναι (Athênai), the plural form of Ἀθήνη (Athḗnē, “Athena”), the goddess. More at Athena.

  1. The capital city of Greece
  2. A city in Alabama
  3. A city in Georgia
  4. A city in Illinois
  5. A village in Louisiana
  6. A town in Maine
  7. A village in Michigan
  8. A town and village in New York
  9. A city in Ohio
  10. A township in Ontario, Canada
  11. A borough in Pennsylvania
  12. A city in Tennessee
  13. A city in Texas
  14. A town in Vermont
  15. A town in West Virginia
  16. A village in Wisconsin

Notable Persons With the Last Name Athens

Saint Athenagoras the Apologist (or) Saint Athenagoras of Athens was a saint. Saint was born in 133 in prob. Athens. He left this life in 190.


Saint Quadratus of Athens was a saint. They hold the title Bishop of Athens and Apologist. They died in 129.


Lonnie Athens is a in the field of criminology. Lonnie was given the name Lonnie H. Athens in Richmond, Virginia.


Plutarch was born in 350. He left this life in 430.



Chrysanthus was born in 1881. He passed away on September 28th, 1949.


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Popularity of Athens as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Athens U.S.
  White 93.85% 64.26%
  African American 1.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.16% 16.26%

Of Last Name Athens

People with the last name Athens are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Athens

  • How Popular is the name Athens? Athens is the 38,525th most popular name of all time. As a last name Athens was the 39,717th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Athens have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 88 babies born with the first name Athens in the United States. That's more than enough people named Athens to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Athens? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2006 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Athens first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Athens is Saturday, August 27th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Athens born? The highest recorded use of the first name Athens was in 2009 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Athens: Your name in reverse order is Snehta. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Esnath. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Athens? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 553 people with the last name Athens.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Athens? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Athens as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.