Gender: Female Pronunciation: FRY-nee Meaning of Phryne: "toad" Origin of Phryne: Greek

Phryne Origin and Meaning

The name Phryne is a girl's name meaning "toad".

An odd name, with a pretty bad meaning, rescued by the reputation of the courtesan (more beautiful than Aphrodite) and the charming character Phryne Fisher from Australian author Kerry Greenwood's detective series Phryne Fisher's Mysteries, set in the 1930s. In the series Phryne is a wealthy Melbourne woman, but goes beyond her class and gender stereotypes - she can fly a plane, drives her own car and sometimes wears trousers. However, while displaying bohemian panache, she manages also to maintain style and class.

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emmievis Says:


I wanted to address the "fry me" comments. If you like the name but are worried about the "fry me" jokes, you can use the Greek pronunciation instead of the English one, which is just as valid since the name is Greek! In Greece we pronounce this as FREE-nee. That's why it means "toad", in Greek a freenos is a toad.

lizway Says:


"Are you okay?" "Yeah, I'm Phryne"

Kiki Says:


The first time I watched Miss Phryne Fisher (it was in french) I thought she was named Franny (wich is pretty nice)!
But you're right, Miss Fisher has given the name a wonderful AND badass aura. Don't dismiss the name for its admittedly weird meaning or it's pronounciation (like alyssum under said it's like Phoebe).

-EagleEyes- Says:


When I first saw this, I just thought it was a unique spelling of Fern. It took a closer look for me to realize it is a completely different name.

maevejunebug Says:


no no no

kiwipop Says:


Not a fan of the meaning

alyssum Says:


YES. Before I saw the show, I kept thinking "How is anyone supposed to remember how to pronounce that? Doesn't it sound awkward?" Now I love it, even though it's not my usual style of name at all. It's like Phoebe, but with a much better namesake IMO (two much better namesakes, if you count the original Phryne, although telling people "I got my daughter's name from a famous hetaera" would have its own problems).

AllieCat718 Says:


It sounds like "fry me" and "whiny". I especially don't like the meaning.

clairels Says:


Phrynie isn't bad, actually.

katheryn Says:


It is interesting and I can see the appeal--it has a rich and exotic sound. The meaning is a little lackluster, but its not a deal breaker for me. More concerning is the spelling, as I think it would be constantly mispronounced. But the phonetic "Frynee" just doesn't have the same magic... Phrynie, maybe?

Floris Says:


It actually sounds pretty imo. But the meaning is a bit of a no no ;)

katoolah Says:


Phryne Fisher does make it seem a spectacular name, doesn't she? Just goes to show its about how you wear a name, not the name itself a lot of the time.

gmdx Says:


But in a weird way, I sort of love this????

rosebudstar Says:


by the way that I can see the pronounciation, it looks like "Fry me" and toad does seem like too great of a meaning either but to each their own...

clairels Says:


Cool, but I'm going to spell it Frynee.

snowsbeloved Says:


Interesting, yes...
Strange to the eyes and ears plus the startlingly unflattering meaning, no no no...

lesliemarion Says:


Yes! It's about time. When I posted about this awhile back, people responded as though I had mentioned Murderess or Plasma as a name. Don't dismiss the name until you've seen Miss Phryne Fisher in her glory. Most of us won't name our daughters this, but it adds a richness to the site.