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What does Phoebe mean?

Phoebe \pho(e)-be\ as a girls' name is pronounced FEE-bee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Phoebe is "bright, radiant". Biblical: a Christian woman who aided Paul and others. Greek mythology: a reference to Phoebus Apollo, the god of light. Name of the first flycatcher to migrate to Wisconsin each spring. The bird gets its name from its call which is a sharp "Phoebe!". The name became more common in the 18th century and is familiar in modern times due to the fictional character Phoebe Buffay on the "Friends" TV series. Singers Phoebe Legere, Phoebe Snow.


Phoebe has 6 variants: Febe, Pheabe, Phebe, Pheby, Phoebey and Phoeboe.

For more information, see also related girl names Fiby and Euphemia.

Phoebe has 1 masculine form: Phoebus.


Phoebe is a very popular first name for females (#949 out of 4276, Top 22%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Phoebe for girls. Phoebe reached its highest position of #246 in the U.S. then, and is at #298 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Phoebe name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Phoebe outside U.S.

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Phoebe and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Phoebe (#298 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Phebe and Euphemia. Adoption of these girl names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4437%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.234%, down 47.3%), with the form Phebe becoming less stylish. Phoebe (#298) is the most fashionable name for newborns here, and there is also a rekindling in birth name usage for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Euphemia, Phebe, Phoebe in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Phoebe outside U.S.