Phoebe a Popular Name in England
Phoebe pronunciation is \pho(e)-be\ pronounced FEE-bee was in the top 30 of the most popular baby girls’ names in England in 2012 according to the Office of National Statistics.
Origin of the Name
The name Phoebe is actually a Greek name. It’s the feminine version of the male name Phoebus who was a Titan that was associated with the moon. It’s also said to be a reference to the Greek mythological god of light, Phoebus Apollo. In either case, the meaning of Phoebe is said to be “bright and shining.”
Christians also know that the name Phoebe appears in the New Testament where Paul writes an epistle to the Romans. Herein Phoebe is the name of the female minister of the Kechries’ church.
Famous People with the 1st Name Phoebe
Regardless of where you may derive the name from, you’ll find that it’s become popular in the 18th century. There are also a few popular ladies donning this name today. They include:
- Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin, an Australian actress and model who appeared in “The Vampire Diaries”
- Phoebe Halliwell, a fictional character played Alyssa Milano on “Charmed”
- Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan, a fictional character played by Lisa Kudrow on “Friends”
Looking for other names like Phoebe then check out our comprehensive list of English girls’ names.