Thecla name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Thecla

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  1. A user from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Thecla is of Greek origin and means "Gift of God".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Thec"la
Any one of many species of small delicately colored butterflies belonging to Thecla and allied genera; -- called also hairstreak, and elfin.

From the name of an apocryphal early Christian martyr, Ancient Greek Θεοκλεία (Theokleía), (from θεός (theós, “god”) + κλέος (kléos, “glory”)).

  1. A female given name from Ancient Greek.
  2. An early Christian saint, whose life is recorded in the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla.

Thecla was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Thecla

Notable Persons Named Thecla

Thecla Åhlander

Thecla Åhlander was an actress. Her career lasted from 1877 to 1923. Thecla was given the name Thekla Ottilia Åhlander on June 3rd, 1855 in Norrköping. She passed away on April 8th, 1925.

Thecla Boesen

Thecla Boesen was an actress. Her career lasted from 1940 to 1982. Thecla was born on August 22nd, 1910 in Copenhagen. She passed away on February 11th, 1996.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thecla

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thecla

Saint Thecla

Saint Thecla was a saint. She holds the title Virgin and Martyr. Saint was born in 30. She breathed her last breath in 1.

Julia Thecla

Julia was born on February 28th, 1896. Julia is also known as Julia Thecla Connell.


Fun Facts about the name Thecla

  • How Popular is the name Thecla? Thecla is the 23,249th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Thecla have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 281 babies born with the first name Thecla in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thecla 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 Thecla? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Thecla first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thecla is Thursday, July 25th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Thecla born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thecla was in 1917 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Thecla Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thecla is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Thecla: The name spelled backwards is Alceht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Haetcl. How do you pronounce that?
  • Thecla name meaning

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