Phoebe

First Name
33k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Phoebe

"Phoebe" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Bright, shining". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Phœ"be
The pewee, or pewit.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small dun-colored North American flycatcher
  2. (Greek mythology) a Titaness who became identified with Artemis as goddess of the Moon
  3. The cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
Wiktionary

Ancient Greek Φοίβη (Phoíbē), feminine form of Φοῖβος (Phoîbos, “bright”).

  1. A female given name.
  2. (Greek mythology) A Titan, goddess of the moon, sister-wife of Coeus, and daughter of Uranus and Gaia.
  3. (Greek mythology) An epithet and synonym for Selene; Phoebe Selene, after her maternal aunt, Phoebe (see above).
  4. (Greek mythology) An epithet and synonym for Artemis; Phoebe Artemis, after her maternal grandmother, Phoebe (see above).
  5. (astronomy) The 14th moon of Saturn.

Phoebe was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and Latin

Notable Persons Named Phoebe

Phoebe Cates is a model, actress, entrepreneur, model (1977–1981), actress (1982–1994, 2001), and entrepreneur (2005–present). Phoebe was given the name Phoebe Belle Cates on July 16th, 1963 in New York City.

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Phoebe Tonkin is an actress and model. She was most active from 2005 to present. Phoebe was given the name Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin on July 12th, 1989 in Sydney.

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Annie was given the name Phoebe Ann Mosey on August 13th, 1860 in Near Willowdell, Ohio, United States. She left this life on November 3rd, 1926.

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Phoebe was born in 1985 in London.

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Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan is a musician/singer-songwriter, massage, toner, telemarketing, and friends (season 3). Phoebe is also known as Regina Phalange, Princess Consuela Bananahammock, Phyllis, Glenda, and Ben.

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Phoebe Fox is an actor and actress. She was most active from 2010 to present. Phoebe was given the name Phoebe Mercedes Fox in 1987 in Hammersmith, London, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Phoebe

Saint Phoebe was a saint. She holds the title Deaconess. Saint was born in 1. She passed away in 1.

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Anna was given the name Anna Phoebe McElligott on February 18th, 1981 in Germany.

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How popular is the baby name Phoebe in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 50 50 0
1881 46 46 0
1882 62 62 0
1883 66 66 0
1884 75 75 0
1885 72 72 0
1886 80 80 0
1887 63 63 0
1888 65 65 0
1889 67 67 0
1890 74 74 0
1891 84 84 0
1892 88 88 0
1893 86 86 0
1894 85 85 0
1895 90 90 0
1896 106 106 0
1897 72 72 0
1898 79 79 0
1899 84 84 0
1900 71 71 0
1901 54 54 0
1902 87 87 0
1903 68 68 0
1904 63 63 0
1905 87 87 0
1906 53 53 0
1907 82 82 0
1908 76 76 0
1909 78 78 0
1910 90 90 0
1911 87 87 0
1912 104 104 0
1913 112 112 0
1914 177 177 0
1915 198 198 0
1916 199 199 0
1917 227 227 0
1918 215 215 0
1919 193 193 0
1920 220 220 0
1921 199 199 0
1922 193 193 0
1923 194 194 0
1924 197 197 0
1925 192 192 0
1926 162 162 0
1927 169 169 0
1928 177 177 0
1929 148 148 0
1930 164 164 0
1931 143 143 0
1932 146 146 0
1933 143 143 0
1934 127 127 0
1935 127 127 0
1936 139 139 0
1937 121 121 0
1938 151 151 0
1939 143 143 0
1940 150 150 0
1941 155 155 0
1942 127 127 0
1943 128 128 0
1944 112 112 0
1945 101 101 0
1946 117 117 0
1947 127 127 0
1948 105 105 0
1949 107 107 0
1950 99 99 0
1951 109 109 0
1952 100 100 0
1953 95 95 0
1954 130 130 0
1955 120 120 0
1956 109 109 0
1957 105 105 0
1958 110 110 0
1959 116 116 0
1960 116 116 0
1961 119 119 0
1962 110 110 0
1963 106 106 0
1964 100 100 0
1965 75 75 0
1966 106 106 0
1967 137 137 0
1968 96 96 0
1969 100 100 0
1970 111 111 0
1971 113 113 0
1972 112 112 0
1973 118 118 0
1974 95 95 0
1975 112 112 0
1976 107 107 0
1977 151 151 0
1978 115 115 0
1979 100 100 0
1980 84 84 0
1981 83 83 0
1982 80 80 0
1983 92 92 0
1984 106 106 0
1985 117 117 0
1986 139 139 0
1987 109 109 0
1988 121 121 0
1989 189 189 0
1990 225 225 0
1991 233 233 0
1992 194 194 0
1993 214 214 0
1994 247 247 0
1995 396 396 0
1996 432 432 0
1997 419 419 0
1998 397 397 0
1999 527 527 0
2000 641 641 0
2001 752 752 0
2002 665 665 0
2003 688 688 0
2004 756 751 5
2005 730 730 0
2006 890 890 0
2007 988 988 0
2008 959 959 0
2009 1,016 1,016 0
2010 1,038 1,038 0
2011 1,022 1,022 0
2012 1,060 1,060 0
2013 1,059 1,059 0
2014 1,102 1,102 0
2015 1,117 1,117 0
2016 1,028 1,028 0
2017 1,012 1,012 0

Where is the name Phoebe popular?

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Popularity of Phoebe as a first name

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Common last names for Phoebe

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • White
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
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Fun Facts about the name Phoebe

  • What name lists does Phoebe rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Phoebe? Phoebe is the 1,314th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Phoebe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,518 babies born with the first name Phoebe in the United States. That's more than enough people named Phoebe to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Phoebe? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 50 new born babies.
  • When was Phoebe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Phoebe is Wednesday, September 20th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Phoebe born? The highest recorded use of the first name Phoebe was in 2015 with a total of 1,117 babies. That's a lot of babies named Phoebe!
  • Random Phoebe Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Phoebe ranks 104th in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 12 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name Phoebe: Your name in reverse order is Ebeohp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ehpboe. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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