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GenderFeminine
ScriptsΦοιβη Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.FEE-bee English
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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).
VariantsPheobe English Phoibe Greek Mythology Phebe Biblical
Masculine FormsPhoebus, Phoibos Greek Mythology
Other Languages & CulturesPhoibe Ancient Greek Phoibe Biblical Greek Febe Dutch Febe Italian Febe Spanish

Images

Phoebe the Titan as depicted on the Altar of PergamonPhoebe the Titan as depicted on the Altar of Pergamon

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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute