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

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.

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