What does Phebe mean?
Phebe /phe-be/ as a name for girls is of Greek origin, and the name Phebe means "good to speak; bright, radiant". Phebe is an alternate form of Euphemia (Greek): Latin variation of a Greek name. Phebe is also a derivative of Phoebe (Greek).
How popular is Phebe?
Phebe is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3858 out of 4276, Top 90%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Phebe for girls. Phebe reached its top rank of #465 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Phebe and related names. Phoebe (#298 in recent rankings) and Euphemia are the prominent variation forms of Phebe. Other variants, like Pheabe, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Phebe was at its apex during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4437%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.234%, 47.3% less). Phoebe has been the most popular choice, while Phebe is now less popular. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)