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. Phoebe just broke into the Top 300 in the US and the Top 25 in England and Wales, and is close to Nameberry's own Top 100.
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