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Phoebe meaning and name origin

Phoebe \pho(e)-be\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Febe, Pheabe, Phebe, Pheby, Phoebey and Phoeboe.

For more information, see also the related name Fiby.

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Popularity of Phoebe

Phoebe is a very popular first name for women (#949 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (1990 U.S. Census).

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Popularity of name Phoebe
Popularity of Phoebe