Gender: Female Meaning of Phoebe: "radiant, shining one" Origin of Phoebe: Greek Phoebe's Popularity in 2019: #291

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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Rank in US: #291

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Pop Culture References for the name Phoebe

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

Phoebe's International Variations

Pheobe (Greek) Phebe (Italian)


Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


I really don't like this name. The starting sound "FEE" just reminds me of feet.

Annabvella Says:


I used to know a girl named Phoebe, and she was really sweet, kind, and artistic. She did photography and made really cool edits. So I can't help but to associate this name with a girl who has all of those qualities as it's just so cute .

yellowplums Says:


Just an FYI, Phoebe was the grandmother of Artemis and Apollo in Greek mythology, and Artemis was known as Diana in Roman mythology. Artemis was also known as Artemis Phoebe, as an epithet. I don't know if that turns you off to using Diana as a middle, but you kind of already have a sweet connection if you use it.

ejpop Says:


We named our second daughter Phoebe and we really liked the idea of making it a bouncy name, so we talked a lot about alliteration (our last name starts with “F”). We decided on Phoebe Frances but I also loved Mirabel, Isabel, Abigail, or Beatrice for the middle name. Really a lot of names with an “F” or a “B” sound in it feel right.

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).