Given Name PHOEBE

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Φοιβη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: FEE-bee (English)  [details]

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).
VARIANTS: Pheobe (English), Phoibe (Greek Mythology), Phebe (Biblical)
MASCULINE FORMS: Phoebus, Phoibos (Greek Mythology)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Phoibe (Ancient Greek), Phoibe (Biblical Greek), Febe (Dutch), Febe (Italian), Febe (Spanish)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017