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Gender Feminine
Scripts Φοιβη(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. 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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