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Gender: Female Meaning of Phoebe: "radiant, shining one" Origin of Phoebe: Greek Phoebe's Popularity in 2017: #319

The name Phoebe is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "radiant, shining one". Phoebe is ranked #319 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".

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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.

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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 Harriet Dynevor, English actress; daughter of actress Sally Dynevor
Phoebe Stone, author, illustrator
Phoebe Jennifer Tomlinson, sister of singer Louis Tomlinson of One Direction
Phoebe Dahl, fashion designer and granddaughter of the writer Roald Dahl
Phoebe Pearl, daughter of American novelist Jennifer Weiner
Phoebe McCurtain Lithgow (b. 1983), daughter of American actor John Lithgow
Phoebe Gittins, daughter 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 True-Frost (b. 2011), daughter of actor Jim True-Frost
Phoebe Herring (b. 2015), daughter of comedian Richard Herring

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 Grizelda Howell, main character in "Phoebe and Her Unicorn" by Dana Simpson
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"
Phoebe, character in "Toad Patrol"
Phoebe Hawthorne, character in Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick
Phoebe, Moon of Saturn

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Phoebe's International Variations

Pheobe (Greek) Phebe (Italian)