Arizona place-name and Greek
"dark red"

Phoenix Origin and Meaning

The name Phoenix is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "dark red".

Phoenix rolls a lot of cool trends into one: it's a place-name and a bird name, it ends in the oh-so-hip letter x, and as the mythic bird that rose from the ashes, it's a symbol of immortality.

Phoenix is a fairly evenly-balanced unisex name, though it tilts slightly to the boys' side. Last year, it was given to 1300 baby boys and 1000 baby girls.

It's also got celebrity chops, via the acting family that includes Joaquin and the late River, and as the son of Paris Hilton.

# 269 in the US

Phoenix Rank in US Top 1000

# 231 on Nameberry

Phoenix Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Phoenix Popularity

Famous People Named Phoenix

  • Phoenix ListAmerican actor
  • Phoenix RayAmerican reality TV personality of "Freakshow"
  • Phoenix Fraitureson of bassist Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes
  • Phoenix Carter (b. 1995)son of actor Ralph Carter
  • Phoenix Blackfeather Atha (b. 2005) son of rapper YelaWolf
  • Phoenix Jennings (b. 2005)son of singer Lyfe Jennings
  • Phoenix Binzer (b. 2010)son of TV personality Jasmine Lennard and singer Seth Binzer of Crazy Town
  • Phoenix Michaels (b. 2012)son of trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels
  • Phoenix Sky Andersen (b. 2015)son of actress AJ Cook
  • Phoenix Avery Bosh (b. 2016)son of basketball player Chris Bosh; twin of brother Lennox Noel
  • Phoenix Robert Lachey (b. 2016)son of singer Nick Lachey
  • Phoenix Kalani Fullerson of model Tori Praver and surfer Danny Fuller
  • Phoenix Roy Lane (b. 2017)son of Ashley Salazar and Justin Lane of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
  • Dillon Phoenix Gering (b. 2006)son of actor Galen Gering
  • Phoenix Wolf (b. 2017)son of Bam Margera
  • Noah Phoenix Ambrosio Mazur (b. 2012)son of model Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Bodhi Phoenix Croft (b. 2014)son of actors Jamie Croft and Saskia Burmeister
  • River and Joaquin PhoenixAmerican actors

Phoenix in Pop Culture

  • Phoenix Wrightcharacter in the "Ace Attorney" video games
  • Phoenixpuppy In the "Left Behind: The Kids" series
  • Phoenixcharacter in the "Beautiful Dead" series by Eden Maguire
  • Phoenixson of Bridget and Joey in movie "Moms' Night Out"
  • "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" book/film by J.K. Rowling
  • The Phoenixan Old English poem; makes the bird a Christian symbol
  • The Phoenix and the Turtle67,line poem by Shakespeare
  • PhoenixFrench rock band
  • Phoenixcapital city of Arizona and the 6th most populated US city
  • Bobby in PhoenixGorillaz song featuring Bobby Womack

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