Unisex Baby Name

Phoenix

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Quick Facts on Phoenix

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
FEE-niks
Simple meaning:
Crimson; Rising bird; Symbol of renewal and rebirth

Characteristics of Phoenix

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Phoenix

A phoenix is an ancient mythological bird which has appeared in legends and traditions spanning from Greece to Egypt, from Europe to Asia and from Persia to Arabia. In other words, the phoenix has held a position of prominence and respect across many cultures and ancient geographical distances. The word phoenix was derived from the Greek “φοινιξ” (phoinix) meaning ‘crimson, dark purple-red’ probably referring to the bird's colorful feathers and tail of dark red or crimson. The phoenix symbolizes rebirth and renewal by virtue of its 500 year life-cycle during which time it builds a nest and then at the end of its life ignites the pyre in a brilliant and fierce flame. From the ashes of its corpse springs a new, young phoenix. So there is also a sense of immortality with the phoenix. Phoenix is also a name that shows up in Greco-Roman mythology as the brother of Europa. He was sent out by his father in search of his sister who had been carried off by Zeus. After ending up in Africa, Phoenix gave his name to the people who were henceforth referred to as Phoenicians. The state capital of Arizona is Phoenix, so called because remnants of an ancient, indigenous dwelling were recovered in the area. The idea of building this new city represented a rebirth or renewal of habitation on the site. Aside from the United States, Phoenix is also a name used in Australia (although for boys and not for girls).

Popularity of the Name Phoenix

Oddly enough, Phoenix is a unisex name in America. We found this surprising because the name has a distinctly masculine resonance. Although we can see how the ‘rising’ phoenix, a symbol of rebirth and renewal, would be an interesting choice as a name for either gender. The name is not heavily used by any means, although it’s nearly twice as more popular for little boys than it is for girls. Except for one or two blips on the charts, Phoenix is ‘rising’ on both the male and female charts. Although we wouldn’t be concerned about over-use; this name is far too exotic and unusual to ever gain a massive following. Phoenix is a cool name. It’s a place name and a mythological name. But most of all, it’s unique and different.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Phoenix
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Phoenix

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Phoenix

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Phoenix

    Phoenix (Iliad) Phoenix is a minor character who shows up in Homer’s epic poem the Iliad. He is one of the brave and skilled Greek warriors led by Achilles against Troy in the Trojan War. Prior to the Trojan War, Phoenix was victimized by one of his father’s concubines who falsely accused him of seducing her. As a result, his father exacted punishment upon him by blinding him. Phoenix sought refuge with Achilles’ father who took him to Chiron, chief of the centaurs, who restored Phoenix’s sight. Later he was made king of the Dolopes (a mountain region of southern Greece) and participated in the Calydonian Hunt (another Greek mythological tale). In Book IX of the Iliad, Phoenix, Odysseus and Ajax meet with Achilles. Phoenix delivers an impassioned speech urging his friend Achilles back into battle. He recounts the story of being cursed by his own father and taken in by Achilles’ father as a young man and so feels that Achilles is like a son to him as well. "So you, Achilles- great godlike Achilles I made you my son, I tried, so someday you might fight disaster off my back. But now, Achilles beat down your mounting fury! It's wrong to have such an iron, ruthless heart." It is the speech of Phoenix out of the three which displays the most emotion. Phoenix is the only one who cries which demonstrates his true affection for Achilles as well as his humanity amidst a brutal ten year war.

  • Popular Songs on Phoenix

    Popular Songs on Phoenix

    Fawkes the Phoenix - performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    Flight of the Order of the Phoenix - a song by Nicholas Hooper

    Flight of the Phoenix - a song by Grand Funk Railroad

    My Little Phoenix - a song by Tarja

    Phoenix - a song by Cady Groves

    Phoenix - a song by Dan Fogelberg

    Phoenix Burn - a song by Alpha Rev

    Phoenix Rising - a song by Uncle Sid

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Phoenix

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Phoenix

    David and the Phoenix (Edward Ormondroyd) - A boastful Phoenix who would fly to safety in the Andes if only he could master Spanish verbs. Edward Ormondroyd has written a stimulating, ageless story. It combines beautiful writing, topnotch adventure, and enchanting fantasy, says the Chicago Tribune. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Flight of the Phoenix (R. L. LaFevers) - Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone. Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction. Too bad Nate’s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure…yet. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix (J. K. Rowling) - In his fifth year at Hogwart's, Harry faces challenges at every turn, from the dark threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and the unreliability of the government of the magical world to the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Along the way he learns about the strength of his friends, the fierceness of his enemies, and the meaning of sacrifice. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

    I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices (Paul Fleischman) - At first light the finches are flitting about the trees, Flittering, fluttering, flit, purple finches, flit, Fluttering, flittering, fly, painted finches, fly. The winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal, Paul Fleischman celebrates the sound, the sense, the essence of birds. Written to be spoken aloud by two voices, sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous, these poems perfectly capture the beauty of birds in their singing, soaring, and rejoicing. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Tashi and the Phoenix (Anna Fienberg) - Uncle Tiki Pu is in terrible trouble with the War Lord, and Tashi must rely on the help of a phoenix—by a beautiful creature with eyes of crystal and tail feathers of gold—to save him and his family. Then Princess Sarashina’s sister is told she must marry a man who is sneaky and cruel instead of the good, kind Cha Ming who loves her best of all. How will Tashi persuade the powerful emperor to change his mind? It takes more than courage to deal with warlords and emperors, but Tashi always has a clever idea and something useful in his pocket. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    The Girl Who Drew a Phoenix (Demi) - One day a young girl named Feng Huang finds a phoenix feather that has fallen from the sky. When she tries to draw the magical bird and share her inspiration, no one is able to tell what it is. Luckily for Feng Huang, the Queen Phoenix sees her troubles and swoops down from the heavens to offer her help. A phoenix's powers are not easily revealed, however, and Feng Huang embarks on a journey of thought, wonder, and self-discovery. Wisdom, Clear Sight, Equality, Generosity, and Right Judgment are worthy qualities indeed, but Feng Huang finds that they are only truly powerful when shared. Brilliant sweeps of plumage and flourishes of sparkles and stars accentuate award-winning artist Demi's interpretation of one of the most intriguing and elegant creatures of ancient myth. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    The Last Phoenix (Linda Chapman) - She's no ordinary bird…For stepsiblings Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess, life has never been trickier. Milly's worried about her singing audition, Michael's losing his friends, Jason's never going to get picked for any sports teams, and as Jess's exams loom closer, she can't seem to remember anything. But then Fenella, the only living phoenix in the world, swoops into their lives looking for help—and their problems really begin! Fenella has laid a magical egg, but if she wants it to hatch she needs four very special ingredients, scattered throughout time to the far corners of the world. So the children embark on a hair-raising hunt across the world, through the past, present, and future. And with a crazed phoenix-worshipping cult on their tail, a grumpy gryphon to soothe, and time paradoxes to avoid, Milly, Michael, Jason, and Jess will need all their wits and bravery if they hope to succeed. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    The Phoenix and the Carpet (E. Nesbit) - E. Nesbit’s rip-roaring sequel to Five Children and It follows the wondrous adventures of Robert, Jane, Cyril, Anthea, and The Lamb as they discover a clever phoenix and a magic carpet that can take them anywhere they wish. With an introduction by popular fantasy author Bruce Coville, this classic novel will be sure to please. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Phoenix

    Famous People Named Phoenix

    Famous People Named Phoenix - Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bassist for Linkin Park)

  • Children of Famous People Named Phoenix

    Children of Famous People Named Phoenix

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Phoenix - Melanie Brown (aka Scary Spice, singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Phoenix - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Phoenix - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Phoenix.

Personality of the Unisex Name Phoenix

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Phoenix

  • No Variations Found.
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