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What does Phoebe mean?

Phoebe Pronunciation of Phoebe [phoebe] 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.

Associated with: greek, biblical, mythology, spring, bird, 18th century, modern, fictional (literary), snow (white).


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

Affiliated girl names: Fiby and Euphemia.

1 masculine form: Phoebus.

Creative forms:
(female) Phoele, ..

(male) Phoepe, Phoere, ..

Middle name pairings:
Phoebe Bridget (P.B.), ..

How popular is Phoebe?

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. Demographics)

Phoebe reached its highest position of #246 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #287 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Phoebe name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Phoebe (#287 in 2015) appearing in the Top 2000 are Phebe and Euphemia. Adoption of these forms of Phoebe was widespread among parents in 2015 (average #1429), except for the form Phebe which have become somewhat outmoded. Phoebe is the clear favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Phoebe, Euphemia, Phebe in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bebe, Bobbe, Hebe, Niobe, Peele, Penee, Phaedre, Phanie, Phedre, Phemie, Philene, Phoenix, Pipere, Thisbe and Tobe. These names tend to be less commonly used than Phoebe.

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