Girl Baby Name

Chloe

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Quick Facts on Chloe

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 14
Pronunciation:
KHLOH-ee
Simple meaning:
Young green shoot

Characteristics of Chloe

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Chloe

The English borrowed Chloe from the French Chloé. Both forms are ultimately derived from the Greek “khlóē” meaning “small (young) green shoot of a plant”. The name is related to the Greek “khloros” meaning “greenish-yellow” in reference to the color of a small, young shoot. The origin of the Greek word “khloros” is hypothetically traced back to the Proto-Indo-European root *ghel (“to shine”); the same root where we get the English word “yellow”. In ancient Greece, Khloe was a nickname given to Demeter, apropos, the goddess of fertility, the harvest and the seasons in Greek mythology. Chloe is also considered a Biblical name, as she’s mentioned fleetingly in 1 Corinthians 1:11 in the context of “the House of Chloe” which brought decisiveness to Paul’s teachings. It was the Puritans who uncovered these lesser known Biblical names after the Protestant Reformation. It was the Puritan naming practice which favored Hebrew Old Testament and lesser known Greek New Testament names. They readily bestowed such names on their children as an act of modesty before the Lord (they were also demonstrating their full and in-depth knowledge of The Bible). Chloe is enjoying a massive revival among English-speakers everywhere. This “young green shoot” has shot up the charts in Australia, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada, the United States, England, Wales and Scotland. However, Chloé is still most popular among the French in France and Belgium.

Popularity of the Name Chloe

As mentioned above, the name Chloe probably came to America by way of the Puritans in the early days of settlement; although, as an obscure Biblical name it never saw any true favorability. At the turn of the 20th century, the name was in moderate to low circulation and eventually disappeared into obscurity between 1940 and 1980. Very quickly and very suddenly, however, Chloe took a turn for the better starting in the 1980s. By the turn of the 21st century, Chloe was a solid favorite for baby girls (and a Top 10 choice between 2008 and 2011). She is following the current naming trend associated with the revival of “older” charming, classical names (think: Emma, Sophia, Olivia and Abigail) that have all become fast favorites of this new millennium. The historic pendulum has swung and we love this name again!
Popularity of the Girl Name Chloe
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Chloe

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Chloe

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Chloe

    Aunt Chloe (Uncle Tom's Cabin) Aunt Chloe is the wife of Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1852. A virtuous Christian, Chloe is the self-effacing cook for the Shelbys, and certainly brings to mind the enforced stereotype of slavery, the black “Mammy”. Chloe loves her husband and children, does her duty, and accepts her fate. When Tom is sold off the plantation, however, Chloe becomes determined to try to redeem him, along with the help of Mrs. Shelby and her son. Chloe works for years in order to save the money needed. Such virtue must be its own reward; however, as Chloe’s cruel fate is to learn that her husband has died. Her last appearance has her sobbing on her mistress’ shoulder, while apologizing for doing so.

    Chloe (Daphnis and Chloe) This one is definitely an obscure reference. “Daphnis and Chloe” is the only known work of the 2nd century Greek novelist, Longus. The story would later become an inspiration for an operetta written by Offenbach (1860) and the subject of a ballet written by Maurice Ravel (1912). “Daphnis and Chloe” is the story of a boy (Daphnis) and a girl (Chloe), each of whom is abandoned at birth and discovered, respectively, by a goat-herder and a shepherd who decide to raise the children as their own. The two children grow up together and eventually fall in love. Naïve and innocent, they do not understand these feelings. So, a wise old cow-herder explains to them what love is, and tells them that the only cure is "kissing." They do this. Later, Daphnis is educated in the art of love-making by a woman from the city. The woman warns Daphnis not to test this newly-acquired skill on the virginal Chloe because he will cause her great pain. In the meantime, Chloe is courted by many suitors some of whom try and abduct her until she saved by the intervention of the god Pan (in Greek mythology the God of shepherds and flocks). In the end, Daphnis and Chloe are recognized by their parents, get married, and live out their lives in the country.

  • Popular Songs on Chloe

    Popular Songs on Chloe

    Chlo-E - a jazz standard (1927) performed by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

    Chloe - a song by Elton John

    Chloe - a song by Blood or Whiskey

    Daphnes et Chloé - a ballet by Maurice Ravel

    Daphnes et Chloé - an operetta by Jacques Offenbach

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Chloe

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Chloe

    Chloe (Peter McCarty) - Chloe has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters.She’s in the middle and she loves it—especially when they all gather for family fun time. But when Dad brings home a surprise one evening, Chloe finds she is not in the middle anymore....but not for long! With gorgeous colored-ink drawings and funny, spare text, Peter McCarty tells a winning story of family, imagination, and love. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Chloe and the Lion (Mac Barnett) - Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from—"Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?). Mac's power of the pen is at odds with Adam's brush, and Chloe's story hangs in the balance. Can she help them out of this quandary to be the heroine of her own story? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Chloe on the Clothesline (Chloe Ochoa) - Chloe's day starts out like any other as she helps her family around the house. But things take an interesting turn when she gets hung up on the clothesline with the other clothes! A fun tale with illustrations by the author that all ages will enjoy. All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit Cure for Chloe! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Chloe, Instead (Micah Player) - Molly always dreamed of having a sister who is just like her. But she got Chloe, instead. These two sisters are nothing alike: Molly loves to color with crayons. Chloe prefers the taste of wax. Molly loves to read. Chloe prefers to nibble a book's spine. Molly is frustrated! But then she realizes that maybe sisters aren't the ones next to you on the piano bench, they're the ones dancing to the music you play! This humorous, perceptive snapshot of sibling love is perfect for those who may need a bit of convincing what fun little siblings can be! Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Chloe, the Clumsy Fairy (Katie Watkins) - The charming story and beautiful illustrations bring the fairy world to life. When Chloe, a fairy whose good-natured clumsiness is legendary among her fairy friends, dreams of Lily, a lonely girl across town, she sets off on an adventure to help. Lily has just moved to a new school where she struggles without any friends and with the added difficulty of dealing with Nick, the class bully, who seems to have singled her out. Chloe joins Lily at school and tries to help her make new friends. Along the way, Chloe realizes Nick is not a bully at all but instead is just as lonely as Lily. Chloe uses her clumsiness to her advantage as she devises a messy scheme to help Lily find friendship. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Christmas Thingamajig (Lynn Manuel) - Chloe doesn't want to go to Grandpa's for Christmas now that Grandma won't be there to share her warm hugs, delicious cocoa, and handmade thingamajigs, the ornaments she crafted for Chloe each year. Christmas will not be the same, so Chloe would rather not have it at all. Her grandfather's gentle encouragement and a last gift from Grandma show Chloe the bitter sweetness of memories and traditions, and how they help you "face the new things," the things you have to make up as you go along. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Crafty Chloe (Kelly DiPucchio) - Fancy Nancy meets Martha Stewart in Crafty Chloe, the adorable DIY star of a new picture book series! When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present—something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day—and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    My Name is Chloe (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe, Book 1) (Melody Carlson) - Chloe, Josh Miller's younger sister, is a free spirit with funky clothes and dramatic hair. She struggles with her own identity, classmates, parents, boys, and -- her biggest question -- whether or not God is for real. But this unconventional high school freshman definitely doesn't hold back when she meets Him in a big, personal way. Refusing to change her image to fit into the "stereotypical Christian preppy mold," Chloe expresses God's love and grace through the girl band she forms, Redemption. In her development as a musician and performer, tender-hearted Chloe will learn tough lessons about following God, her heart, and her dreams. Recommended for ages 12+

    Spud and Chloe at the Farm (Susan B. Anderson) - A knit-and-read book: 13 farm-centric projects for the perfect homespun toys, with a bonus story. A mother hen and her chicks (and their adorable knitted eggshells), three little piglets, and a black lamb full of good intentions are just some of the appealing projects in Spud and Chloë at the Farm, the latest innovative work from author and world-class knitter Susan B.Anderson. The projects in this book follow Spud, a feisty pet sheep, and Chloë, his perky owner, as they travel to a farm and meet the inhabitants of the barnyard, including a brown cow, some mice, a dog, and a barn cat. To continue the theme, and set the stage for loads of interactive play, the book also offers instructions for making an assortment of farm props, such as a picket fence, bales of hay, dainty baskets, and even a three-sided foldable barn. Meanwhile, witty full-color cartoons (presented one per spread throughout the text of the book) tell the story of Spud and Chloë’s visit to the farm, which starts with an invitation from Spud’s cousin Little Lamb. Featuring charming full-color photographs of the knitted toys, this book is a must-have for knitters and their loved ones. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Chloe

    Famous People Named Chloe

    Famous People Named Chloe - Chloe Anthony Wofford (aka Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author); Chloe Sevigny (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Chloe

    Children of Famous People Named Chloe

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Chloe - Candice Bergen (actress); Donna Mills (actress); Louis Malle (director); Olivia Newton John (musician); Rupert Murdoch (tycoon); Tom Berenger (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Chloe - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Chloe - We cannot find any people of historical significance with the first name Chloe.

Personality of the Girl Name Chloe

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Chloe

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