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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ath"er*ine
A small marine fish of the family Atherinidæ, having a silvery stripe along the sides. The European species (Atherina presbyter) is used as food. The American species (Menidia notata) is called silversides and sand smelt. See Silversides.

Etymology: NL. atherina, fr. Gr. � a kind of smelt


From Ancient Greek ἀθερίνη (atherínē, “a kind of smelt”).

  1. A small marine fish of the family Atherinidae, having a silvery stripe along the sides.

Fun Facts about the name Atherine

  • How Popular is the name Atherine? Atherine is the 50,102nd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Atherine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 42 babies born with the first name Atherine in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Atherine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Atherine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Atherine is Friday, August 29th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Atherine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Atherine was in 1983 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Atherine: Your name in reverse order is Enirehta. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reitenha. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Atherine born Dec 31, 1989

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA North-West approximately on 1850. Your profession was digger and undertaker.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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