Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Thalia

Thalia is an ancient Greek female name, from Thaleia (Θαλεια) meaning “to blossom, flourish”, and was borne by one of the nine Muses in Greek Mythology. Thalia and her sister-muses were the daughters of Zeus, High King of the gods, and the Titaness Mnemosyn, goddess of memory. The Muses were the goddesses of the arts and a source of inspiration to all artists (musicians, singers, dancers, writers, poets, etc). They embodied the creative aspects of artistic endeavors most valued by the ancient Greeks, and were called upon for their individual gifts. Calliope is often depicted as the chief Muse as the inspiration behind the art form most important to the Greeks: epic poetry. Next came Clio (history), followed by Poylhymnia (mime), Euterpe (flute), and Terpsichore (light verse and dance). The sixth Muse was Erato (lyrical sing-song poetry) followed by her final three sisters Melpomene (tragedy), Thalia (comedy) and Urania (astronomy). Given the exotic names shared by the Muses, they hardly offer any options for modern name choices among English-speakers (except Clio, Erato and Thalia, perhaps). Thalia is often translated to mean “flourishing with joy” and as the Muse of comedy this makes sense. Comedy is an art form meant to amuse and cause laughter, so we’d have to agree that Thalia is indeed the happiest of the nine names. And one with a very upbeat etymology. Thalia is not a super common female name in the Western World but it is embraced with mild frequency in France, Australia, the United States and Canada. It is also sometimes used among Spanish-speakers in homage to Mexican singer/actress known simply as Thalía, one of the most successful Latin singers of all time.

All About the Baby Name – Thalia

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME THALIA

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME THALIA

Thalia did appear on the Top 1000 list of American female names once in 1932, but for all intents and purposes, the name didn’t really come to America until 1992. And boy did she come back with a bang! The sudden usage of Thalía, as well as her remarkable debut on the naming charts, is all owed to Mexican soap-opera actress and pop-singer Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (known simply as Thalía). 1992 is the year she released one of her earlier albums (“Love”) to successful reception in Mexico. Mexican-Americans north of the border were also embracing Thalía’s talent…and her name. The initial frenzied interest in the name Thalía in the mid-1990s eventually wore off, and the name is now hovering close to the bottom of the Top 1000 list. In fact, it’s just a matter of time before Americans forget this ancient Greek Muse completely. And what a shame! Of course Thalia is a great choice for the baby daughter of artist parents, particularly those who appreciate the value of laughter. Thalia just feels like a good-omen name. It’s beautiful, positive, underused and original. It’s also the optimistically happy Number Six in numerology. The only questionable thing about the name Thalia is how you pronounce it. With the lisp or without?

Quick Facts

ON THALIA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

848

PRONUNCIATION:

THAL-ee-uh, THAYL-yah or t(h)ah-LEE-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Flourish with joy

Characteristics

OF THALIA

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Thalia

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME THALIA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Thalia

Popular Songs

ON THALIA

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Thalia


Famous People

NAMED THALIA

Thalía (singer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED THALIA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Thalia

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME THALIA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Thalia