Quick Facts on Phoenix
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Crimson; Rising bird; Symbol of renewal and rebirth
Characteristics of Phoenix
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 a site previously occupied. 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 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. 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 Girl Name Phoenix
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Personality of the Girl 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