Gender: Male Meaning of Phoenix: "dark red" Origin of Phoenix: Arizona place-name and Greek Phoenix's Popularity in 2018: #252

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. It's also got celebrity chops, via the acting family that includes Joaquin and the late River, and as the child of an ex-Spice Girl.

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Rank in US: #252

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Pop Culture References for the name Phoenix

Phenix, Phynix, Fenix, Pheonix


LeiAriel Says:


We get it from your numerous posts on this. You don't like it as a boy's name because of China. LOL

Myosotis Says:


I’ve discounted Phoenix as a first entirely since then. Still my second favourite technically, but I won’t be using it irl. Just too problematic and I was iffy due to popularity. I can see it a little more on a girl now too. How times change haha!

tfzolghadr Says:


Feminine only equates to negative for a boy should he travel to China and be the weird guy with the old lady name. Given the rapid economic development of China and the population... yeah, your kid very well could end up living in China for a stint. Good luck explaining these things at customs, visa application, etc.

tfzolghadr Says:


Yeah, but in some cultures it’s not unisex at all... So of course they’re not going to consider it unisex because of some foreign roots. It’s unisex, but seeing as it’s a Chinese old lady name... and I’ve known hundreds of female Chinese Phoenixes and 1 male American Phoenix (whose family seemed to be suffering from name regret... you just never know what country you’re gonna end up in), it is a bit hard to take a male Phoenix seriously. You’re more than entitled to your opinion, but you’ve gotta understand that you don’t really get to dictate others’ cultures.

tfzolghadr Says:


I agree and yet disagree. China is set to be one of the largest economies in the world with approximately 20% of the world’s population. It’s not like you’re naming your kid a name that’s awkward in Farsi. There’s almost a 100% chance that he will run into people from that culture. You may be sent there to live (I met an American boy named Phoenix in Taiwan... it was awkward enough that husband parents nervously explained why he has a Chinese old lady name without me bringing it up). There’s an even bigger probability that little Phoenix will travel to or live in a Chinese-speaking country... and I don’t even think Chinese culture is the only one that ties femininity to the phoenix. So while I wouldn’t say “never use the name Phoenix for a boy”, I think that there’s a certain arrogance to discounting the culture of 20% of the world’s population in the fastest growing economy. Give him a dang good, clearly masculine middle name so he has something to fall back on in times of awkwardness and/or confusion.

Nikki Breann Kepler Says:


This is my Phoenix <3 I liked the name for my SON from the mythological Bird...It was actually my second choice (Fox) being my first but after I heard and saw the video..."what does the Fox say " I changed it to my second choice, Phoenix... It fits him well!

funnybunny771 Says:


My aunt gave birth to a boy yesterday and has named him Phoenix Camber! I think it's a great name for boys; strong and interesting, but I wouldn't ever use it as a girls name. In my mind, it just isn't a girls name. She isn't into shortening names, but since her other son's name has already been shortened, I think he'll be Nix in no time! Any other ideas for nicknames?

paulapuddephatt Says:


I view the name as unisex, but prefer it for boys. It does sound more masculine. I think an ex-Spice Girl using the name for her daughter has increased the popularity of the name for girls, but these trends go in phases.

kertheshe Says:


I see, but how does Isis tie in? I never saw a character named Isis in the PW games.

VelvetEar Says:


Phoenix and Maya are characters in the Ace Attorney games. Just seems too coincidental to be true.

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kertheshe Says:


Why, lol? Wtf

kertheshe Says:


Sounds a little too feminine, in my opinion. If I had to chose a male 'color name', I'd pick Cyan.

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headintheclouds Says:


I really like Griffin, and although Phoenix is similar in theory, it's too literal and too much for me. I only like some nature names and find others too naturey, wordy (word names aren't my cup of tea) and overly hipster-hippy (like Sunshine, Rainbow etc.); Phoenix falls into the second category for me.

The mythology behind the phoenix being a symbol of rebirth is wonderful and I do love that aspect of it. I'm not too keen on it being a place name- I'd assume most people would go for this name for the bird-phoenix and not the Arizona place though.

I'd consider this quite a gender-neutral name that would suit boys or girls equally, though I think most people would lean more boy for Phoenix.

EllaYu Says:


I'm not usually one for hipster-kid names but Phoenix is a pretty damn hardcore name.

kenziexo Says:


My son's name is Phoenix. It fits him perfectly and we get so many compliments on it! His nickname is Nix.

Maya Taylor Says:


My brothers name is Phoenix and my name is Maya.My sisters name is Isis.Mum said thier Awesome names and they are.

Chloe14 Says:


I love Greek names! (My name is Greek too) and I'm in love with the name Phoenix I do prefer it on a little boy though.

LadyVanRaven Says:


Really? I wasn't aware. Guess I'm so used to the Nathaniel spelling. I've never seen it spelled like Nathanael before.

eveyalecia Says:


Just a quick note-- Nathanael isn't an uncommon spelling variant of Nathaniel...

linzalena Says:


I gave my son this name. I do find it a tad bothersome that this name is treated by some as only a girls name. I gave my son this name Phoenix because I fell in love with it as a child when reading the Iliad. I do consider the name unisex given that there are similar culture references however it is silly to me that some disregard its Greek roots. It is most certainly a masculine name.

vblanch Says:


Oh no, I don't think it is negative at all, but it frustrates me that every time I mention how lovely this name would be for a girl I am attacked by people demanding it is a boys name and that girls need to stop stealing names from boys. I should probably restate my feelings, I was just particularly frustrated about it that day. I think it makes a great unisex name, I just prefer it on a girl.

Myosotis Says:


I love this name on a boy. It was my favourite (and only) boys name for years, and if I have two boys (and get my way name-wise), I intend the second to be called Phoenix. I understand and appreciate it's symbolism in Chinese culture, but I definitely don't think it shouldn't be used for boys at all in other cultures.

Guest Says:


I see this as more girly and I love the story of the bird but I don't like the state of Arizona so I wouldn't use it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Phoenix is my favorite name ever. I like it for bothgeders, but I'm kinda partial toward it fora girl, and I have used it for a female character. In addition, I myself like to be called Phoenix (but it's not my name)

LadyVanRaven Says:


The name of my soon-to-be half brother. I'm honestly pretty bummed out that because of this, I will never get to use it for my own child (boy or girl) even though his parents intend to call him Nate (a nickname of his middle name Nathanael- no that isn't a typo...sigh).

LadyVanRaven Says:


That may be so, but why should feminine equate to negative for a boy?
And in other cultures it may simply be a mythological bird that represents reincarnation (as in Greek mythology). I've even heard (although I am not 100% sure so don't quote me on this) that some say it is a symbol of Jesus's resurrection in Christianity.

Besides, I think Phoenix sounds a lot more masculine than feminine (even though I like it on both genders), and it is more popular as a boy's name (at least in North America) anyway.

vblanch Says:


Please don't name your son Phoenix. It is an amazing, strong, powerful name with gorgeous mythological imagery, but for girls. Chinese culture has the dragon and Phoenix in a yin and yang relationship, representing the male and female qualities.