What does Phoebe mean?
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 1 masculine form: Phoebus.Kreatif forms: Phibe, Phoele. [more]
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Phoebe for girls. Phoebe reached its highest position of #246 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #298 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Phoebe and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Phoebe (#298 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Phebe and Euphemia. Adoption of these forms of Phoebe was widespread among parents during the years 1880-1889 (average #556) and is somewhat lower today (#766, ▼47.3%). Phoebe is the clear favorite, while Phebe has become less popular. (2014 Birth Statistics)