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Gender: Female Pronunciation: thiz-bee Origin of Thisbe: Greek mythological name, meaning unknown

The name Thisbe is a girl's name of Greek origin. Thisbe and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Thisbe, the name of a beautiful but tragic lover in mythology, is lively and cute -- in a slightly thistly, prickly way. Ovid retold the story of Thisbe and Pyramus, young lovers in ancient Babylon kept apart by family rivalry, which was the inspiration for Romeo and Juliet. A modern bearer of the name is writer Thisbe Nissen.

In Sarah Dessen's novel Along for the Ride, the baby daughter is named Thisby, nn Isby.

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Famous People Named Thisbe

Thisbe Nissen, author
Thisbe Vos, Dutch-born jazz singer

Pop Culture References for the name Thisbe

Thisbe Caroline "Isby" West, Auden's little half-sister in 'Along for the Ride' (2009) by Sarah Dessen
Aunt Thisbe, a black cook and housekeeper in "The Fire and the Hearth," the second of seven stories in 'Go Down, Moses' (1942) by William Faulkner
A genus of butterfly, comprised of 7 species (the most widespread of which is Thisbe irenea)
According to Pausanias, Thisbe was a Boeotian city named after a nymph.
Tisbe (the Italian version) is the name given to one of the mean/ugly stepsisters in La Cenerentola (Cinderella), an opera by Rossini.
Thisbe Triskelion, character in Cruel Beauty


ambercat Says:


Does this name rhyme with frisbee?

Hero_Phoebus Says:


I am so conflicted about this name, because I do agree with many of the other comments on this name page. It seems like somebody with a speech impediment is attempting to pronounce "Frisbee" - such a shame as the name sounds quite beautiful.

aaronburrsir Says:


This be Thisbe.

EW314 Says:


It's a cool name, and a much more interesting alternative to Phoebe, but as others have said it does sound a bit lispy and a lot like "frisbee". I'm liking it more and more, though.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Love Thisbe! Bee or Beebee would be good nicknames, I think.

Essa Says:


I hear frisbee too. I just don't see the appeal of this name.

headintheclouds Says:


When I see this spelled out, it just looks like "this be", words trying to form a sentence. Thisbe sounds cute, but also lispy to me, fitting with my image of Thisbe sounding rather too precocious and pretentious for me to sincerely like the name.

Thisbe brings to mind the young adult novel Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen; the main character gets a half-sister named Thisbe, and she thinks it's snooty of her English Lit professor father to have named his kids such pretentious-y names! (MC is Auden, brother Hollis- IMO those are still all-right surname names, not really on the same level of "out there" as Thisbe)

Zelliew Says:


Too bad if she had a lisp ......Who knows what it might sound like

sirens_sam Says:


Maybe I'm slow but I don't know what word you're referring to.

st8cfab Says:


It's such a beautiful name, but I have to agree about the whole "frisbee" thing. A couple at my church has a daughter named Thisbe Renee and while I think it's an adorable name, she does get teased sometimes.

Sally Says:


Straight away I think frisbee.. Not a fan.

flora_kate Says:


I like it, but the spelling looks off to me :(

Catastroffy Says:


I would keep hearing "frisbee"...

DryLake Says:


It might be a beautiful name, but I doubt anyone from my country would name their kid this, if they had any kind of respect for their offspring. (It's said just like another word, a word that would be really degrading for any kid to be called.)
But it would probably sound nice in the ears of people from other nations. :3