Phoebe - Meaning of Phoebe
[ 2 syll. (p)hoe-be, ph-o-ebe ] The baby girl name Phoebe is pronounced as FIY-Biy in English †. Phoebe is largely used in the English and German languages. Its origin is Old Greek. A biblical name, it is from the word 'phoibos' meaning bright, pure. The name is derived from Phoebus (Latin) and ultimately Phoibe (Old Greek). It was borne in Greek mythology by the sister of Phoebus; her parents were Uranus and Gaia. It was also the epithet of the moon goddess Diana and Artemis. The name was also borne in the Bible by one of the carrier's of Paul's Epistles. It was taken up by English Puritans in the 17th century, and later saw a revival at the end of the 19th century.
In addition, Phoebe is an English diminutive of the name Euphemia (English and German).
The name Phoebe is used to a great extent; it has 24 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. Variation transcriptions of Phoebe used in English include Pheabe, Pheba, Phebea, Phebee, Phebes, Phebi, Phebie, Pheebe, Pheebee, Pheebey, Pheebi, Pheebie, Pheeby, Pheobe, Phoebea, Phoebee, Phoebey, Phoebi, Phoebie, and Phoeby. The variant spellings Phebe and Pheby are other English forms. Febe (Polish and Spanish) and Phöbe (German) are foreign variant transcriptions of the name.
Phoebe is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name's popularity has been increasing since the 1980s. At the modest height of its usage in 2015, 0.057% of baby girls were given the name Phoebe. It had a ranking of #287 then. In 2018, its usage was 0.055% and its ranking #320, and it was the most regularly used within all girl names in its family.
Baby names that sound like Phoebe include Phebe, Phebee, Phebi, Phebie, Pheby, Pheebe, Pheebee, Pheebey, Pheebi, Pheebie, Pheeby, Phoebee, Phoebey, Phoebi, Phoebie, Phoeby, Pheobe, Fabi, Fabia, and Fai.
† Pronunciation for Phoebe: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Phoebe:
Actress Phoebe Cates, born Phoebe Katz 16 July 1963, New York, New York.
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Mosey August 13, 1860 - November 3, 1926, Woodland, Ohio.