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Gender: F Meaning of Phoebe: "radiant, shining one" Origin of Phoebe: Greek Phoebe's Popularity in 2013: #301

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A mythological, biblical, Shakepearean, and Salinger name, the warm and captivating Phoebe was given a boost in popularity by one of the Friends.

In classical mythology, Phoebe is the by-name of Artemis, goddess of the moon and of hunting. In the New Testament, she is a church deaconess. Shakespeare used the name (spelled Phebe) for a rustic denizen of the forest in As You Like It, Phoebe Pynchon was a cheerful young girl in Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables, while Phoebe is Holden Caulfield's sympathetic, precocious ten-year-old sister in Catcher in the Rye.

Bill and Melinda Gates used Phoebe for their daughter. Number 301 in the US, Phoebe is 28 in England, 34 in Wales, and 106 on Nameberry.

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Famous People Named Phoebe

Phoebe Belle Cates, American actress
Phoebe Snow, American singer-songwriter
Pheobe Tonkin, Australian actress
Phoebe Nicholls, English actress
Phoebe Mills, American athlete
Phoebe Pearl (b. 2007), daughter of American writer Jennifer Weiner
Phoebe Adele (b. 2002), daughter of American businessman Bill Gates
Phoebe Sylvia Rachel (b. 2011), daughter of American actor Jim True-Frost
Phoebe Jennifer Tomlinson, sister of Louis Tomlinson of One Direction
Phoebe Gilman, children's author
Phoebe, a titaness of the oracle of Delphi. Mother of Leto and Grandmother of Artemis and Apollo

Pop Culture References for the Name Phoebe

Phoebe Buffay, TV series "Friends"
Phoebe Halliwell, TV series "Charmed"
Phoebe Heyerdahl, TV cartoon series "Hey Arnold!"
Phoebe Terese, TV cartoon series "Magic School Bus"
Phoebe Caulfield, Holden's younger sister in "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger
Phoebe Lichten, film "Phoebe in Wonderland"
Phoebe Throssel, film "Quality Street"
Phoebe Winterbottom, novel "Walk Two Moons"
Phoebe Thunderman, Nickelodeon TV series "The Thundermans"
Phoebe Kendall, main character in book "Generation Dead"
Phoebe D'Ysquith, Sibella, heroine from the Broadway musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

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Phoebe's International Variations

Pheobe (Greek) Phebe (Italian)