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Gender: F Pronunciation: thiz-bee Origin of Thisbe: Greek mythological name, meaning unknown

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Thisbe, the name of a beautiful but tragic lover in mythology, is lively and cute -- in a slightly thistly, prickly way. Ovid retold the story of Thisbe and Pyramus, young lovers in ancient Babylon kept apart by family rivalry, which was the inspiration for Romeo and Juliet. A modern bearer of the name is writer Thisbe Nissen.

In Sarah Dessen's novel Along for the Ride, the baby daughter is named Thisby, nn Isby.

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Famous People Named Thisbe

Thisbe Nissen, author
Thisbe Vos, Dutch-born jazz singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Thisbe

Thisbe Caroline "Isby" West, Auden's little half-sister in 'Along for the Ride' (2009) by Sarah Dessen
Aunt Thisbe, a black cook and housekeeper in "The Fire and the Hearth," the second of seven stories in 'Go Down, Moses' (1942) by William Faulkner
A genus of butterfly, comprised of 7 species (the most widespread of which is Thisbe irenea)
According to Pausanias, Thisbe was a Boeotian city named after a nymph.