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Famous bearer: Phoebe Buffay, one of the six main characters in the hit TV sitcom 'Friends'.
reservoirdoll1987  5/29/2005
Name of one of the Halliwell sisters (played by Alyssa Milano) from the popular TV show 'Charmed'.
Anjamon  6/4/2005
I think this is one of the worst names you could give your daughter. It sounds awful and is spelled so odd.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2005
Well how rude! Phoebe is a good name, and I happen to know a lot of good people called Phoebe, so don't you go around slagging it!
bubblybabe518  7/4/2005
This is my many times Great Grandmother's name. I think it's pretty and the way it's spelled is very unique. This name has been used quite a few times on my father's side of the family. :)
Tbird  8/2/2005
This name is fantastic, it's my favourite girl's name. I think your name should give an overall picture of who you are. Phoebe is such a friendly, bright, and happy name that anyone named Phoebe should feel truly blessed!
natalie11181  8/3/2005
My name is Phoebe, and I would just like to give my two cents about parents naming their daughters Phoebe. When I was younger, I was the ONLY Phoebe. It seemed like an odd name and people mispronounced it (FEE-OH-BEE! Wrong!). I HATED my name. As I've grown up and matured, I adore it! I like being an individual. It's an unusual name, but pretty at the same time. I love my name and would much rather be Phoebe than Samantha, Ashley or Jessica any day!
pheebly  8/14/2005
My name is Phoebe also. I have met maybe 1 other with this name in 34 years and we spelled it diffrent. I am Phoebe. Now as a young kid I didn't like how people tried to pronounce it, but I am an adult and would never chnage my name. I love it because it is unique. :) As far as I have read about others with this name, it has been all GOOD! Good women. BighHug to all the Phoebes.
phoebe70  8/20/2005
Phoebe was also the name of Holden Caulfield's little sister [from the book "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger]. A very nice name. Original but not awkward, once you learn to spell it you can't get enough of it. =)
dena  8/27/2005
Phoebe is my name and it is the most beautiful name in the world.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2005
Phoebe is the most beautiful name in the world. I think that it is the perfect name for me to call my daughter because my mother's birthday is the same date as the name day for Phoebe.
pte555  9/9/2005
As another Phebe (spelled without the "o" - my mother said she had dumb relatives who'd pronounce it Phoby) I have to say I've grown to like my name. It has MANY literary references (those above, plus Louisa May Alcott's "Eight Cousins" has a Phebe, as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne's "House of Seven Gables" - I also own the books "The Book of Phoebe" and "Phoebe's Knee", and an original Gibson print named "Phoebe"), has the Greek mythological origins, Shakespeare, and a saint. Wonderful name!

And, when I broke my leg in 5th grade, my friends all called me Pheebles.
phebess  9/10/2005
One of my closest friends has been named this name. Her mother spelt it Phoebie. I think it looks really pretty that way, more modern in a way. Ever since I met Phoebie I've loved everything about her, but I've always loved the name Phoebie. If I were to have a little girl I'd surely name her Phoebie.
feesmary  9/28/2005
I think it's a beautiful name.
GoodbyeBlueSky  12/5/2005
Actress Phoebe Cates is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
Hi, my name is Phoebe and I am the only Phoebe I know. :) I never used to like it because people always pronounce it wrong and spell it wrong but now I think it's a beautiful name and I would never change it because it really reflects my personality.
Duffergirl99  1/30/2006
I don't think Phoebe is a lovely name. It's unusual but pretty and not overly used. Vernon Kay and Tess Daly have a daughter called Phoebe. Not sure if that's how they spell it though.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2006
I really hate this name. It sounds awkward and ugly and not at all pretty.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2006
I used to love it, now I loathe it.
Mithos514  4/8/2006
Well, again, I changed my mind. I guess this is the sort of name that grows on you.
Mithos514  4/30/2006
It's ironic that people hate Phoebe for its spelling, yet names like Keightlynne and Michaelah can still be popular.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2006
Phoebe is my favourite girl's name and has been for some time. I think it's so beautiful, but I just hate how popular it is becoming.
Free_Spirited_Girly  5/9/2006
My mum was planning on naming me Phoebe if I was a girl. Phoebe is unique and beautiful! I will definitely be using this name in the near future. Its spelling to me makes it great.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2006
Oh, this is the most darling name! One of the best qualities is that it can fit nearly any personality nicely, and it sounds so pretty!
black_lace  5/18/2006
It's my middle name and I love it! I would definitely pass the name on to my daughters!
6diablesse6  7/17/2006
Phoebe is a great name for a girl, very pretty and easy to grow up with.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2006
I think this is a beautiful name. I plan on naming one of my future daughters that name.
Sarasponda  8/7/2006
I think that the spelling of 'Phoebe' is what makes it so individual. It used to be my favourite girls' name but I wouldn't name my daughter it because although cute on a young child, I don't think it ages well.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2006
I like it spelled Phoebe. I used to hate it, but now I think it's quite unique.
Fincayra  9/23/2006
Phoebe was on the top 1000 list from the 1880's until the end of the 1950's where its most popular year was 1890's where it ranked 305. It appeared back on the top 1000 list in the 1990's with its most popular year being 2004 where it ranked 407.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
Such a beautiful name, it sounds happy and cheerful.
― Anonymous User  11/17/2006
Phoebe in Friends is given the nickname "Phoebes" or however it would be spelled (fEEbs). I like it! It is very original and uncommon. Sounds kind of whimsical, like a free spirit would have this name.
VictoriaCalledTori  12/1/2006
If I have a daughter I'm going to name her Phoenix and let Phoebe be her nickname. For a few reasons:
1. Both names are related to mythology (Greek, Roman, etc.)
2. Both start with "Phoe"
IrisRainbow  12/3/2006
I like this name. It sounds spacey. But then again it is. It reminds me of space since Mars has a moon called Phobos. And, well, I used to pronounce Phoebe as "Phoby." And I liked it that way. But I like the right anunciation too.
MusicRat  1/15/2007
The real name of Annie Oakley was Phoebe Annie Oakley Mozee.
Missy  1/16/2007
Phoebe Philo is the former creative director for the fashion line Chloe.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2007
If I were to use this name I'd probably spell it Febie.
Tango  3/1/2007
Phoebe´s pet forms are Phoeb, Pheebs, Phoibe, Phoebina.
Karcoolka  4/9/2007
I think this is a name you can grow with. Cute when you're young, and when you're older it doesn't seem babyish.
Luangi  4/9/2007
Phoebe is also one of Saturn's moons, and a type of bird. The name always makes me think of a bird. It's a pretty name for a girl.
visitor27  5/31/2007
Phoebe Bamford, played by Dervla Kirwan, was the lead female character in the popular British 1990s sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart. Phoebe is a 1940's barmaid who becomes the girlfriend and eventually the wife of time traveler, Gary Sparrow.
Thunderbird5  8/12/2007
Phoebe Terese is a student from the Magic School Bus series. She's the "new girl."
Atarah Derek  8/17/2007
How cute! Ohhh. So Awesome! Love it! AHHHH!
applemilk  10/28/2007
This is a beautiful name, but somehow I would like it better if it was spelled otherwise.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2007
Phoebe Tonkin (born 1989) is an Australian actress best known for playing the role of Cleo Sertori in "H2O: just add water".
6diablesse6  1/23/2008
One of the girls on the cartoon "Hey Arnold!" is named Phoebe.
Furienna  1/26/2008
Phoebe is the name of a character from 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter'. I must admit, this book is the reason I fell in love with the name Phoebe. It's soft and delicate but can also be strong and spirited. Phoebe is one of those names that don't just suit one type of person.
oosteph  2/17/2008
This is a cute name. I absolutely love it!
KamekoIida  3/21/2008
I think this is a very unique and fun name. It reminds me of Phoebe from Friends who is a very loving and sweet person.
Golfnut  3/28/2008
If someone can't pronounce a simple name like Phoebe, then it says more about their ignorance than it does about your name. I personally think this is a really great name. It can be cute on a little girl and still sound good to have an an adult.
GreekMythology  8/7/2008
Phoebe Winterbottom is a character in Sharon Creech's 1994 novel "Walk Two Moons".
lokie4811  9/3/2008
Even though incorrect, it sounds better pronounced FOE-e-bee. Sounds a lot better in Bel-Phoebe pronounced that way, too.
Dragon_Clarinet  9/21/2008
Phoebe is a very, very beautiful name, I loved it since I can remember, that's why my 8 month old daughter's name is Phoebe and everyone loves it. I think it's pretty and unique. X
Caira  10/31/2008
Like a few other commenters this is also my name. I have to say, whilst I do like it (I especially love the fact that it come from Greek mythology and the associated stories) it took me awhile to grow into it. It's quite old fashioned, despite its surging popularity. I think too that it also carries a certain amount of eccentricity. I don't know how many books I have read that have Phoebe characters in them who are either mad, street walkers or the spinster aunts! Nevertheless, it definitely a name with lots of character.
Madame Pomp  3/21/2009
I've always thought this was a beautiful name and I could see myself naming a future daughter Phoebe. It's great because it's not too common, but it's not so unusual that she'd be likely to get teased for it.
ash-ash  9/2/2009
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names gives the meaning of the name Phoebe as Shining Bright.

The Hebrew for shining bright is as follows
בהיר נוצץ

Phebe or Phoebe is the feminine form of Phoebus, another name for Apollo.

Phoebus and his winged chariot were a metaphor for the sun - or Helios.
Deborah Reyes  1/9/2010
This was the original name for the character later called Lily Munster in the first pilot episode.

I think Lily and Phoebe would be great as twins!
SandSea  2/20/2010
I like this name. It has a lot of charm and definitely not overused.
Chrila96  10/3/2010
The girl who played Cleo on H2O's real name is Phoebe! I love this name!:)
― Anonymous User  10/22/2010
I love this name! It is so pretty & unique! I'm only in middle school, but when I'm married & have kids this would be such a pretty name for a little girl! I like it better spelled Phoebe:) It would be hard for people to pronounce, but I like it anyway:)
― Anonymous User  10/22/2010
I really dislike this name. It sounds too nerdy and unusual, and not in a good name. And I hate how its pronounced. "FEE-bee?" Not very pretty.
Dawson  11/13/2010
I love this name. It means "shining bright" and sounds spunky, playful and clever. I've never met a Phoebe, so I think it's pretty unique in my area, but there are Phoebes all over the literary and entertainment worlds (the Bible, Catcher in the Rye, Magic School Bus, Foxtrot, Friends, Charmed, Hey Arnold, etc) and several celebrities named Phoebe (Phoebe Cates and Phoebe Snow come to mind). Phoebe is also the name of a moon, a ring of Saturn and a very cute little species of bird, so with all these namesakes, no one should consider it "weird," just interesting. And no, it's not my name!
― Anonymous User  12/28/2010
I terribly dislike this name. Although I liked Phoebe from the show 'Friends', the annoying Alyssa Milano played a Phoebe in 'Charmed', a show I despise and an actress that is better known for her body than acting ability.
Book_Reader22  2/9/2011
This name is cute and sweet, but it sounds kind of nasal or as if it could get annoying after saying it repeatedly. I don't understand any hate over the spelling--I like the uniqueness and blatantly obvious Greek-ness. (I really love many Greek spellings that may seem unusual, like Persephone, Daphne, etc.)
DaphneSusan  2/9/2011
An unfortunate bearer is Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after months of being bullied on January 14, 2010.
CanadianChibi  5/22/2011
I love the name Phoebe! It's quirky, elegant, and beautiful! I have it on my list as Phoebe Olivia. It's one of those names that more than likely won't go out of style.
LittleSamGirl  8/29/2011
I like the name though I don't know if it would be one of my top choices. I was really surprised at how much positive feedback this name has. I didn't think that it was a well liked name. I'm glad it is. I think this name deserves a comeback.
GibsonGirl  8/29/2011
Offbeat, quirky, yet classic. Cute for a child. Sophisticated on a grown-up. Fabulous meaning.
― Anonymous User  9/24/2011
Phoebe Sylvia Rachel is the daughter of American actor Jim True-Frost and his wife, Cora. Phoebe has a big brother named Leo.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2012
Sounds exotic, but pretty too.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
Phoebe Belle Cates is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2012
This is my name and I love it! I used to rather my middle name which is Amelia but have grown to love Phoebe. The fact that it is of Greek origin has also contributed to my love of it as at the moment I am into Greek things :)
PhoebeMelie  4/9/2012
My name is Phoebe and I just LOVE it! It is a really unique name and is spelled weirdly but that's what I love!
Pheebles12  5/13/2012
Phoebe Pearl Bonin (b. 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the daughter of American writer Jennifer Weiner and her husband Adam Bonin.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2012
Phoebe Sylvia Rachel True-Frost (b. 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts) is the daughter of American actor Jim True-Frost and his wife, Cora.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2012
Phoebe Adele Gates (b. 2002 in Bellevue, Washington) is the daughter of American billionaire businessman Bill Gates and American businesswoman Melinda Gates.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2012
You can add the Italian form of the name is "Febe" and it's spelled FE-BE. [noted -ed]
Emu-chan  7/6/2012
When I first came onto this site, I HATED the name Phoebe, but when you read the comments, and how it is:

A moon,
Another moon,
A Godess,
Another Godess,
And a beautiful spelling, so unique, and a beautiful way of saying it. I now LOVE it. Phoebe is the right way to spell it. Pheobe is completely wrong, that says feeobee. How silly! Phoebe is a beautiful name, be proud of it.

[there are many more things that Phoebe is involved with]
Dizzy Mouse Rascal  9/1/2012
One of my favorite names of all time,
I first heard it on the bold and the beautiful
And when I heard it I was immedeatly enchanted by the name.
And the girl Phoebe was such a wonderful character,
Ill hope I have daughter so I can give her this name.
StarlessNight  9/23/2012
I like the unexpected spelling, and it sounds both homey and exotic, antique and futuristic. I think it' s a really cool name and I love it!
Ruta Graveolens  12/14/2012
My name is Phoebe and I have never had any problems with it. In fact every time I tell someone my name they always tell me how beautiful and lovely it is :) which makes me feel good. Sometimes people spell it Pheobe but I just correct them and they say oh yes sorry that is the correct way to spell it and then they spell it right after that, so it's not a big deal. My family, friends and my boyfriend sometimes call me Pheebs which I like also. I do really love my name and if you name your kid it, she will love it also :) x.
MissPhoebe  1/11/2013
In J.D. Salinger's famous novel "The Catcher In the Rye," the protagonist Holden Caulfield's sister is called Phoebe.
Bridget Theresa  2/15/2013
This is kind of a cool name. I guess the more you say it the more ridiculous it sounds, but if you don't say it a bunch of times in a row it's fine. As long as its popularity doesn't suddenly skyrocket, it's a pretty classic name.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2013
My name is Phoebe. It's a unique name. Lots of people hate it for the way it's spelled or how it sounds. To those people Grow Up and don't be rude! I love it, it's meaning explains me. It's gonna be around for a while so get used to it. Also it comes with tons of nicknames I have about 13! It truly is a lovely name.
Perf2002  1/9/2014
My name is Phoebe and I think it's more original than other names, I don't know many people called Phoebe, and, I think it's an awesome name and it has an awesome meaning to go with it.
mynameisphoebe  4/17/2014
I can't help but think of a stuffy old lady. Phoebe Wallingford from "All my children" or the quirky air head from "Friends" But it was also a hottie from the 80's, Phoebe Cates.
― Anonymous User  4/21/2014
I know someone who was named Phoebe. She was very annoyed at how people spelled her name wrong (febee) or pronounced it wrong (fo-ee-bee) all the time. But as she grew older, she began to see the uniqueness of the name. She wants to find other names that could fit any ages like her name can.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2014
The pronunciation is really odd for English, but the name is stunning.
Reenie_12  8/1/2014
I love my name Phoebe, it is so amazing. I like the way it sounds really! Most of my friends forget how to spell my name so they spell it Pheobe. One time someone spelt my name Febi! But I don't really mind.
Pheebs  8/22/2014
Phoebe is the name of the Ghost-type Elite Four member in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (as well as their remakes).
Buneary  11/27/2014
I have the name Phoebe and I have loved it always. It might be a tad annoying that not everyone can spell it immediately, but that's the beauty of it, it is not a common name that everyone knows how to spell or pronounce. It is unique and different. I always feel lucky that I'm not the same as everyone else. There were at least 6 Lucy's in my year at school and I was the only Phoebe in the school! I will always be happy that it is my name and I truly love it. I embrace my inner Phoebe!
― Anonymous User  12/1/2014
Reminds me of frisbee.
Espy  4/14/2015
The name Phoebe sounds cute and weird at the same time. I'm not sure if I like this name or not... lol...?
― Anonymous User  6/8/2015
Sounds too much like the word "feeble" to me. Plus, lots of people have this name. It's getting annoying.
IsolationHedge  6/12/2015
As many other comments have stated, this name has a wonderful meaning and history. Yet despite being such a classic name, it isn't heavy at all; it has the most cheerful sound of any name I know. One can't help smiling when making the long "ee" sound, rendering "Phoebe" such a naturally happy, fun, endearing name.
It is not my name but I kind of wish it was! It always makes me smile :)
― Anonymous User  6/15/2015
One of the girls on Nickelodeon's 'The Thundermans' is named Phoebe. (Portrayed by Kira Kosarin).
Liananikki67  8/18/2015
My name is Phoebe. So far, people use the mispronunciations to bother me. I used to hate my name. Now that I'm a bit older, I have grown into the name. I felt like I couldn't be anyone else. To those who say it is an ugly name, it is just because we Phoebes are too awesome and you're jealous.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2015
We named our new baby Phoebe because of its uniqueness and it's such a lovely name that it was referenced in a good light by Apostle Paul in the Bible. (Rm 16:1-2). The name brings out the best in the bearer, indeed a beautiful name.
Sunlord  9/25/2015
Phoebe is a wonderful name in the bible (Romans 16:1). She was a worker in the church (deaconess) in Cenchrea and a helper of many people. I love this name because it is a wonderful name with wonderful meaning and pronunciation. And because it is the name of my pretty daughter. It means bright, brilliant, shiny?, radiant, clever and pure.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2015
My name is Phoebe. I am around a lot of people from different cultures (mostly Chinese) and my name has been pronounced fe-fe fai-fe be-be pho-bi
And last but not lease pheb-fe for some reason Chinese-Taiwanise people have a hard time pronouncing my name, even though my traditional Chinese name is Phei-bi they have a hard time pronouncing it :p anyways I will always love my name :D.
phoebe123  11/23/2015
My name is spelled the same, but instead of being pronounced fee-bee, it's pronounced fo-bee. Growing up, it was hard, mainly because it was an already uncommon name that's been completely twisted yet again (especially in a classroom full of Britney's, Ashley's, and Nicole's); now that I'm an adult, it's better. Definitely still unique, but interesting enough to not forget. I've never met another Phoebe, though, of either pronunciation.
Rhomy  1/25/2016
My name is Phoebe and I've always liked it, especially because of the Greek mythology connotations. And I share a name with a character in one of my favorite plays, Shakespeare's As You Like It. Absolutely no one is able to pronounce it on the first go (I mean, c'mon, haven't you people heard of other Phoebe's?), but that's okay! Big love to all the other Phoebes in this comment section.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2016
I have this name. I gotta say, growing up, people thought my name was weird. I love my name. I hate being called Phoebs, I go by Phee (fee). I think it is a unique name, People who think it's a weird name are right. But weird is good.
pim  10/5/2016
One of my favorite names.
DundiculutNicholas  11/17/2016
It's a great name. I only know one person named Phoebe and she was born in 1999.
RomanCS02  2/13/2017
In England a famous bearer of this name was Phoebe Hessel nee Smith born 1713-1821 she was born in Stepney in the east end of London to a poor family and at the age of 15 fell in love with a sailor called William Goulding but because he had to go to sea she dressed as a boy and signed up to the Royal Navy to be with her lover. She even fought as a man age 16 and got wounded in the arm at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1726. During her life in the Royal Navy they sailed all around Europe and the Caribbean. Phoebe married William and had 6 or 7 children with him at the navel port in Plymouth England. Sadly William died young and all her children died in infancy. Soon afterwards on their next voyage she revealed her gender to the ship's surgeon's wife in 1745 although this was a serious crime she was not punished. Later moving to Brighton and remarrying a fisherman named Thomas Hessel, she lived in Brighton on the south coast of England by now becoming a fashionable spa resort town. In old age she sold gingerbread and candied fruits outside the Prince Regent's Grand Oriental style pavilion in Brighton and became a local and then a national celebrity. Although still remaining desperately poor, she was given a pension by the later prince in 1808, later King George the fourth and was invited to his coronation in 1820. She died in Brighton at the age of 108 in 1821 her headstone reads Phoebe Hessel born in the reign of Queen Anne in the year of our lord 1713 and died in the reign of King George the fourth 1821. What a strong and remarkable woman she must have been, breaking all the rules all of the time :-)
Goldcrown  2/19/2017
Phoebe is a charming name, unique, exotic, eccentric in a good way. I love how the writing and the pronouncing are different and unusual. Phoebe is a special name with many good associations. A cheerful name and one of my favorites.
flaviacardozodejesus  2/25/2017
Katharine Hepburn plays Phoebe Throssel in the 1937 comedy "Quality Street."
TarisaKay  3/13/2017
Phoebe Heyerdahl, one of the characters from the 1996 Nickelodeon cartoon "Hey Arnold!", bears this name.
hazed-pastel  3/24/2017
I think Phoebe really suits a cat (or dog).
Luvbug86  8/7/2017
I hate the spelling of the name. It is so weird.
― Anonymous User  8/11/2017
I first heard the name Phoebe during the 80s from actress Phoebe Cates. I loved it. It was different without being odd and here in the United States it is not very common. My husband was not a fan of this name but I kept bringing it up when pregnant with my daughter. We finally settled on another name but when my daughter was born he was like I can't believe I am going to say this but she looks like a Phoebe. She as well as most people we meet love it. It is not common in the US so the first time we met another Phoebe she was 6. There has not been another Phoebe in her school or doctors office so everyone knows her by the mention of her first name. People smile when they hear her name. She has a laugh with people spelling it, but she loves it, it actually cracks her up (she gets Feebee, fibi, phebe, pheobe and Phoebe and then Phoebs she gets a bazillion ways too. She has people who first didn't know how to pronounce it and now it is a joke... some still call her pho-eeee-beee and phe-o-bee but usually it's Phoebe, phoee, Phoebs, or Phoeber... she loves them all.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2017
This name sounds silly, like a pet name.
ItsDeleceNotDallas  1/11/2018
I think this name is beautiful for a human. It sounds no more like a pet name than Mary or Lucy or any other cute little name. The history of the name is so remarkable. There is just something very unique about this name. I can understand why its appeal has lasted through millennia!
― Anonymous User  1/14/2018

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