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Gender: F Meaning of Phoebe: "radiant, shining one" Origin of Phoebe: Greek Phoebe's Popularity in 2014: #298

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.

Famous People Named Phoebe

Phoebe Belle Cates, American actress
Phoebe Gilman, Canadian-American children's author
Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson Hearst, mother of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst
Phoebe Mills, American Olympic athlete
(Sarah) Phoebe Nicholls, English actress
Phoebe Philo, British fashion designer
Phoebe Snow (born Phoebe Ann Laub), American singer-songwriter
Phoebe Ann Mosey, birth name of Annie Oakley, American sharpshooter
Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin, Australian actress
Phoebe Jennifer Tomlinson, sister of singer Louis Tomlinson of One Direction
Phoebe Pearl (b. 2007), daughter of American novelist 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 Lithgow, daughter of American actor John Lithgow
Phoebe Dahl, fashion designer and granddaughter of the writer Roald Dahl

Pop Culture References for the name Phoebe

Phoebe, Greek mythological titaness of the oracle of Delphi, mother of Leto and grandmother of Artemis and Apollo
Phoebe Buffay, character on TV series "Friends"
Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, character on soap "All My Children"
Phoebe Halliwell, character on TV series "Charmed"
Phoebe Heyerdahl, character on animated series "Hey Arnold!"
Phoebe Terese, character in the "Magic School Bus" series
Phoebe Caulfield, Holden's younger sister in "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger
Phoebe Lichten, character in film "Phoebe in Wonderland"
Phoebe Throssel, character in film "Quality Street"
Phoebe Winterbottom, character in "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech
Phoebe Thunderman, character on TV series "The Thundermans"
Phoebe Kendall, main character in "Generation Dead" by Daniel Waters
Phoebe D'Ysquith, character in musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
Phoebe Forrester, character on soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful", Steffy Forrester's twin sister.
Phoebe Grey, Christian and Ana's daughter in the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy
Capt. Phoebe Callisto, Spaceship captain & mother in the Disney Jr cartoon series "Miles from Tomorrowland"

Pheebey, Phoeboe, Phoebie, Phoebee, Pheebe, Febe, Phoebey, Pheebie, Pheby, Pheabe, Pheebee, Phoebi, Phoeby, Pheeby, Pheebi

Phoebe's International Variations

Pheobe (Greek) Phebe (Italian)