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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 "ALPHABET Drop 2 Add 1 - 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

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

Phoebe's International Variations

Pheobe (Greek) Phebe (Italian)


Violet_Rose Says:


This is one of my all time favorite girl names and if I am ever blessed with a second daughter I will be choosing between this or Hattie, to any Phoebes or mommas to a Phoebe out there, which middle do you think would sound good? I've considered Diana since it is my own middle and it'd make a sweet connection between us.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


My name is Phoebe. People call me phibble. I love my name.

James Moore Says:


I think this would be the perfect dog's name for some reason.

Miriam2468 Says:


I like this name, but I have bad connections with it, sadly

Miriam2468 Says:


That made me laugh out loud

Miriam2468 Says:


At least it wasn't Phoyby

dorris_the_brilliant Says:


My sister is called Phoebe but i think she should have been called gary because that is a gorgeous girls name for all ages

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name

roseofjune Says:


Why can't I like Phoebe :(

lillismonica Says:


I'm Monica. Before my son, Vincent ,was born, 27 yrs ago, I considered phoebe. My mother hated it. She was glad he was a boy. strange that Monica and Phoebe would be together in a TV show. I really think there is something to names going together. I had relatives yrs ago called Vincent and Monica, husband and wife. I never knew that though when I named my son Vincent. I love phoebe, always have. Vincent named my daughter, 16 yrs younger than him, Tara. Won't get to use it now. I'm studying classics, phoebe comes up a lot, and Phoebus Apollo. Cassandra is another lovely Greek name.

hannahloulou Says:


I have three daughters, one is a Phoebe the youngest is a Daphne! Thank God we all like different names

JossieChris Says:


The little girl in The Monster Squad sold me on this one. We were going to use this for our 1st, but I had a dream and the name changed. Baby 2 we decided to start fresh and it never came up. Now with 3 it has resurfaced and I still love it and added her back to my list. But I think I prefer the Shakespeare spelling Phebe to solidify its connection to the bard and not the witch. Nickname Bebee and Feebs I just love! And it ages so well. Pending another dream or a boy....

linguinitoasts Says:


My name is Phoebe! I never really liked it as a kid despite all the compliments I got on it. I wasn't the biggest fan of the pronunciation "fee-bee" but it's grown on me. I love the meaning and the spelling even though everybody I meet puts the e before the o -_- You would think since it's gotten this popular people would know how to spell it but evidently not... (I even got a "fibi" once) I have never met another Phoebe in person and I really don't like how popular it's becoming--thanks Phoebe Buffay. I am probably one of the few named after the bird. I've had a ton of nicknames-- Phoebster, Pheebs, Pherbs, Phoebiago (when we were reading Othello in lit), Phoebae. I'm proud of my name hopefully your future children will be too. Having a unique quirky name has made me become a more unique quirky person and I love being a "Phoebe". But maybe just don't use it all willy nilly there are too many Phoebes now. There's no better way to ruin a good name than using it too often sadly :/

Phibstar9 Says:


My name is Phoebe and we have the same problem. I've also had it spelt 'Pheebe'

Beemo Says:


This is such a beautiful name, but somebody decided to mash up Phoebe+-ina and named their poor kid Phoebina. Poor Phoebina.

Beemo Says:


I know a Phoebina, smh

Taylor Downes Says:


I plan on naming my soon to a arrive daughter

Phoebe Rayne Whittingham

njmik Says:


such a beautiful sounding name, with a great meaning too.

lissrose30 Says:


Such a beautiful name with a stunning meaning.

kerribear Says:


This is my daughter's name, and despite at it being popular, I haven't met another one! It fits my daughter so perfectly!

Goldbug Says:


With this name's spelling and sound this name will always be a little out there. But that is part of the appeal, despite its oddness, it is timeless and won't ever disappear or become too popular. Lots of successful and interesting Phoebe's in the world, I like it.

sirens_sam Says:


I don't know what it is about this name. I really want to like it but cant....bummer.

Nozomi Says:


Kreigh8tyf LOL

Michaela Says:


Funny, I've never liked and have borderline hated this name. "Pheeby" is just so unattractive. It sounds fussy and peevish. I'll never understand why so many people love this name.

phoebe Says:


hi ,my name is phoebe too !!!!!

phoebe Says:

2015-09-24T19:56:44 name is PHOEBE :(

phoebe Says:


hi my name is phoebe and my little sis calls me bibi :)

IsolationHedge Says:


I don't particularly like this name. It sounds far too similar to the word "feeble" for my liking. It also, to me, is a bit of a silly, cutesy name.

xxPLJ2005xx Says:


I like the name daphne too

xxPLJ2005xx Says:


My name is phoebe and I like it I admit that it's not the nicest name but I'm not snobby or mean or

xxPLJ2005xx Says:


Phoebe is a lovely name that makes me think of home and heart.

Leah3456 Says:


This is a beautiful name with a lot of history behind it.

Daiseymae Says:


I have seen worse, believe me.

headintheclouds Says:


Objectively, it's a nice name, but thanks to Friends and real-life associations, I think of hippie ditzy girls or snobby mean girls when Phoebe comes up. And I somehow can't separate it from Daphne in my mind- to me, they're annoying twin names.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I love this name! So chic,and stylish! Bibi could be a cute nickname!

GrecianErn Says:


I had the same problem!!! We named our cats Fiona and Nola... and then loved them for girls' names later on. I guess we were meant for 3 boys.

GrecianErn Says:


I mentioned this name to my mother-in-law, who was 80 yrs old at the time, and she hated it because she knew a woman named Phoebe who was 90 and was so perfect... blah, blah, blah. We have 3 boys, but I still love the name Phoebe - it transcends age.

cdiana Says:


I love, love, love the name Phoebe! I can't consider it for my child because I named my dog Phoebe before we ever thought of having children, lol. Side note, the Eastern Phoebe is one of my favorite birds :)

indiefendi2 Says:


I'll never understand why people like this name. It sounds so country to me. The only Greek name I extremely dislike.

Danielle Schueller Says:


I don't really see the "cutsie" comments, but then again my association with this name was my great grandmother and it fit her perfectly. Highly considering this if we ever have a girl. :)

jasminegarden Says:


Phoebe is an incredibly gorgeous name with a wonderful meaning, the Phoebe Buffay character only boosted my opinion of an already lovely name and Phoebe Halliwell from Charmed cemented it as one of my all-time favourites! Greek names are so beautiful and Phoebe is one of the best.

emsky Says:


i think this is a gorgeous name. i love the look and love the meaning, i just wish i loved the sound more. i think it ages perfectly well, and i never think of the dated 'Friends' reference.

mabespark Says:


Pretty and light, but I don't know how well it would age.

tori101 Says:


I've always loved Phoebe Buffay : )

rainierloner Says:


I disagree. In my eyes, Phoebe ages perfectly well. I can see a young girl with the name Phoebe, but also an older woman.

ladybug99 Says:


This name will never shed it's FRIENDS fame. But if you like the crazy, quirky, street-savvy Phoebe Buffay, go for it!

Christina25 Says:


My dog is called Phoebe, and I do think it sounds a bit cutesy for a person. I did know a human Phoebe, though, and the biggest problem she had was people getting the o and e the wrong way round. She wasn't too impressed when she learnt she shared her name with a dog xD

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Someone I knew named thier child Phoebie instead of Phoebe. I just can't wrap my head around this. One letter makes a lot of difference. One letter means she won't find souviners with her exact name. She will always have to explain to people that there is an I in her name. People will assume it's just Phoebe. Ugh, why?!

ashleyf Says:


I initially liked it because of "Friends" but it keeps growing on me. I love it.

LadyVanRaven Says:


Is it just me or is this name too cutesy sounding? I just can't imagine anyone over the age of 25 wearing this name (and even that is a long shot in my mind).