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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Phoenix mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Phoenix

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  • A submission from West Virginia, United States says the name Phoenix means "God of fire and flame,burning bush,ember,all burning flame,rising bird,mighty flame of the bush" and is of Spanish origin.
  • A submission from Texas, United States says the name Phoenix means "Rebirth, like the mythical Phoenix" and is of Greek origin.
  • A user from Australia says the name Phoenix is of English origin and means "Gift of god".
  • According to a user from Wisconsin, United States, the name Phoenix means "Fire, flame, the bird that rises from ashes.".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Phoenix is of Egyptian origin and means "Beauty of firebirds'".
Other origins: Native American

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Phœ"nix
  1. Same as Phenix.
  2. [Bot] A genus of palms including the date tree.

Etymology: L., a fabulous bird. See Phenix

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  1. The state capital and largest city located in south central Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural area thanks to irrigation
  2. A constellation in the southern hemisphere near Tucana and Sculptor
  3. A legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years
  4. A large monocotyledonous genus of pinnate-leaved palms found in Asia and Africa

From Latin phoenīx, from Ancient Greek φοῖνιξ (phoînix), Φοῖνιξ (Phoînix)

  1. (mythology) A mythical firebird; especially the sacred one from ancient Egyptian mythology
  2. (astronomy) A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the mythical bird. It lies north of Tucana.
  3. (Greek mythology) A character in the Iliad and father of Adonis in Greek mythology or a different character in Greek mythology, brother of Europa and Cadmus
  4. The capital city of the state of Arizona in the United States of America.
  5. A nickname sometimes used for Japan after World War II.
  6. A surname​.
  7. A male given name
  8. A female given name

Phoenix was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Dutch, Latin, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Phoenix

Phoenix Force is a comics character.


Phoenix Jones is a costumed vigilante, mixed martial artist, vigilante, mixed martial arts, and costumedvigilante(phoenix jones disputes this label). Phoenix was given the name Benjamin John Francis Fodor on May 25th, 1988 in Texas. Phoenix is also known as Fodor and Ben.



Phoenix Ikki is an animanga character.



Phoenix was born on September 28th, 1990 in Cooma.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix is an actor, producer, music video director, musician, and activist. He was most prominent from 1982 to present. Joaquin was given the name Joaquín Rafael Bottom by his parent Arlyn Phoenix on October 28th, 1974 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.


River Phoenix was an actor, musician, and activist. He was most active from 1982 to 1993. River was given the name River Jude Bottom by his parent Arlyn Phoenix on August 23rd, 1970 in Madras, Oregon, U.S. River is also known as River Jude Phoenix. He died on October 31st, 1993.


Beth Phoenix is a wrestler. Beth was born on November 24th, 1980 in Elmira, New York.


Summer Phoenix is an actress, model, designer, actor, and model (people). She was most active from 1984 to present. Summer was given the name Summer Joy Bottom by her parent Arlyn Phoenix on December 10th, 1978 in Winter Park, Florida.


Rain Phoenix is an actress and musician. She was most active from 1982 to present. Rain was given the name Rain Joan of Arc Bottom by her parent Arlyn Phoenix on November 21st, 1972 in Crockett, Texas, US.


Liberty Phoenix is an actress. Liberty was given the name Libertad Mariposa Bottom by her parent Arlyn Phoenix on July 5th, 1976 in Caracas. Liberty is also known as Liberty Mariposa Phoenix.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1968 5 0 5
1970 5 5 0
1975 14 9 5
1976 17 17 0
1977 18 18 0
1978 27 27 0
1979 33 28 5
1980 18 18 0
1981 10 10 0
1982 13 13 0
1983 15 15 0
1984 11 6 5
1985 10 10 0
1986 9 9 0
1987 9 9 0
1988 30 20 10
1989 55 38 17
1990 65 41 24
1991 58 32 26
1992 68 35 33
1993 94 50 44
1994 202 80 122
1995 231 97 134
1996 214 98 116
1997 256 107 149
1998 269 110 159
1999 276 112 164
2000 317 137 180
2001 457 155 302
2002 470 149 321
2003 635 237 398
2004 696 280 416
2005 811 285 526
2006 1,009 335 674
2007 1,103 409 694
2008 1,166 425 741
2009 1,226 402 824
2010 1,199 434 765
2011 1,172 443 729
2012 1,305 512 793
2013 1,404 617 787
2014 1,541 632 909
2015 1,855 695 1,160
2016 1,955 724 1,231
2017 2,184 852 1,332

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Popularity of Phoenix as a first name

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Popularity of Phoenix as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Phoenix U.S.
  White 53.01% 64.26%
  African American 36.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.93% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.92% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.09% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Phoenix

People with the last name Phoenix are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Phoenix

  • What name lists does Phoenix rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Phoenix? Phoenix is the 1,590th most popular name of all time. As a last name Phoenix was the 9,745th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Phoenix have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22,537 babies born with the first name Phoenix in the United States. That's more than enough people named Phoenix to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Phoenix? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1968 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Phoenix first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Phoenix is Sunday, April 9th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Phoenix born? The highest recorded use of the first name Phoenix was in 2017 with a total of 1,332 babies. That's a lot of babies named Phoenix!
  • Random Phoenix Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Phoenix is not a popular baby boy's name in Washington. Imagine that, only 18 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Phoenix: Your name in reverse order is Xineohp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Xphneio. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Phoenix? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,326 people with the last name Phoenix.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Phoenix? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Phoenix as their last name.

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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