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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Niobe

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  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Niobe means "Gift of the Goddess" and is of English Greek origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ni"o*be
The daughter of Tantalus, and wife of Amphion, king of Thebes. Her pride in her children provoked Apollo and Diana, who slew them all. Niobe herself was changed by the gods into stone.

Etymology: L. Nioba Niobe, Gr. �

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  1. (Greek mythology) the daughter of Tantalus whose boasting about her children provoked Apollo and Artemis to slay them all; Niobe was turned to stone while bewailing her loss

Ancient Greek Νιόβη (Nióbē).

  1. (Greek Mythology) A daughter of Tantalus, said to have turned into stone while weeping for her children.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 71 Niobe, a main belt asteroid.
  3. A female given name
  4. A crying woman; a woman who is bereaved or inconsolable. [from 16th c.]

Niobe was also found in the following language(s): Italian

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Fun Facts about the name Niobe

  • How Popular is the name Niobe? Niobe is the 29,647th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Niobe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 163 babies born with the first name Niobe in the United States. That's more than enough people named Niobe to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Niobe? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2003 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Niobe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Niobe is Friday, December 14th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Niobe born? The highest recorded use of the first name Niobe was in 2004 with a total of 33 babies.
  • Random Niobe Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Niobe is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Niobe: Your name in reverse order is Eboin. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ionbe. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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