PHOEBE
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Φοιβη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: FEE-bee (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοιβος (phoibos). In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis. The name appears in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan).
Related Names
VARIANTS: Pheobe (English), Phoibe (Greek Mythology), Phebe (Biblical)
MASCULINE FORMS: Phoebus, Phoibos (Greek Mythology)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Phoibe (Ancient Greek), Phoibe (Biblical Greek), Febe (Dutch), Febe (Italian), Belphoebe (Literature), Febe (Spanish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #303 
England/Wales  ranked #28 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #60 
New Zealand  ranked #73 
Northern Ireland  ranked #66 
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