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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010



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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 1,008 335 673
2007 1,101 408 693
2008 1,164 424 740
2009 1,225 402 823
2010 1,196 434 762
2011 1,171 443 728
2012 1,303 511 792
2013 1,399 617 782
2014 1,537 631 906
2015 1,843 691 1,152

Fun Facts about the name Phoenix

  • How many people with the first name Phoenix have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18,365 babies born with the first name Phoenix in the United States. That's more than enough people named Phoenix to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 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 2015 with a total of 1,152 babies. That's a lot of babies named Phoenix!
  • Random Phoenix Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Phoenix is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 10 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1998.
  • 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 Pionehx. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Phoenix" mean? The list below shows the origins of Phoenix as well as things modernly associated with the name Phoenix such as celebrities named Phoenix.


Origin and Meaning of Phoenix

The name "Phoenix" is of Greek origin, and it means "Blood red". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  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 With the Name Phoenix

Phoenix Force

Phoenix Force is a comics character.


Phoenix Jones

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 is a leading person.


Phoenix Ikki

Phoenix Ikki is an animanga character.


Phoenix Raynor

Phoenix Raynor is a notable somebody.


Phoenix Battye

Phoenix Battye is a leading somebody. Phoenix was born on September 28th, 1990 in Cooma.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Phoenix

Joaquin 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

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

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


Summer Phoenix

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

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

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.

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What does the name Phoenix mean?

Pis for polite, naturally!

His for happy, your wonderful laugh.

Ois for original, one of a kind!

Eis for eager, let's get started!

Nis for noteworthy, just like your achievements

Iis for intellect, your high capacity for knowledge

Xis for x, the mysterious side of you!

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