"radiant, shining one"

Phoebe Origin and Meaning

The name Phoebe is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "radiant, shining one".

Phoebe is the Latin variation of the Greek name Phoibe, which derived from phoibos, meaning "bright." In classical mythology, Phoebe is the by-name of Artemis, goddess of the moon and of hunting. The masculine version of Phoebe is Phoebus.

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

In the New Testament, Phoebe 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.

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Famous People Named Phoebe

  • Phoebe Belle CatesAmerican actress
  • Phoebe GilmanCanadian,American children's author
  • Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson Hearstmother of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst
  • Phoebe MillsAmerican Olympic athlete
  • (Sarah) Phoebe NichollsEnglish actress
  • Phoebe PhiloBritish fashion designer
  • Phoebe Snow (born Phoebe Ann Laub)American singer,songwriter
  • Phoebe Ann Moseybirth name of Annie Oakley, American sharpshooter
  • Phoebe Jane Elizabeth TonkinAustralian actress
  • Phoebe Harriet DynevorEnglish actress; daughter of actress Sally Dynevor
  • Phoebe Stoneauthor, illustrator
  • Phoebe Jennifer Tomlinsonsister of singer Louis Tomlinson of One Direction
  • Phoebe Dahlfashion designer and granddaughter of the writer Roald Dahl
  • Phoebe Pearldaughter of American novelist Jennifer Weiner
  • Phoebe McCurtain Lithgow (b. 1983)daughter of American actor John Lithgow
  • Phoebe Gittinsdaughter of actor Paul Gittins and screenwriter Philippa Boyens
  • Phoebe Pryce (b. 1990)daughter of actor Jonathan Pryce
  • Phoebe Miu (b. 1991)daughter of actors Jaime Chik and Michael Miu
  • Phoebe Joseph (b. 2001)daughter of actress Sherry Stringfield and Larry Joseph
  • Phoebe Adele Gates (b. 2002)daughter of Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates
  • Phoebe Margaret Cake (b. 2009)daughter of actors Julianne Nicholson and Jonathan Cake
  • Phoebe Sylvia Rachel TrueFrost (b. 2011), daughter of actor Jim True,Frost
  • Phoebe Herring (b. 2015)daughter of comedian Richard Herring

Phoebe in Pop Culture

  • PhoebeGreek mythological titaness of the oracle of Delphi, mother of Leto and grandmother of Artemis and Apollo
  • Phoebe Buffaycharacter on TV series "Friends"
  • Phoebe Tyler Wallingfordcharacter on soap "All My Children"
  • Phoebe Halliwellcharacter on TV series "Charmed"
  • Phoebe Heyerdahlcharacter on animated series "Hey Arnold!"
  • Phoebe Teresecharacter in the "Magic School Bus" series
  • Phoebe CaulfieldHolden's younger sister in "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger
  • Phoebe Lichtencharacter in film "Phoebe in Wonderland"
  • Phoebe Throsselcharacter in film "Quality Street"
  • Phoebe Winterbottomcharacter in "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech
  • Phoebe Thundermancharacter on TV series "The Thundermans"
  • Phoebe Kendallmain character in "Generation Dead" by Daniel Waters
  • Phoebe Grizelda Howellmain character in "Phoebe and Her Unicorn" by Dana Simpson
  • Phoebe D'Ysquithcharacter in musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
  • Phoebe Forrestercharacter on soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful", Steffy Forrester's twin sister
  • Phoebe GreyChristian and Ana's daughter in the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy
  • Capt. Phoebe CallistoSpaceship captain & mother in the Disney Jr cartoon series "Miles from Tomorrowland"
  • Phoebecharacter in "Toad Patrol"
  • Phoebe Hawthornecharacter in Mother,Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • PhoebeMoon of Saturn

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