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cockaleekie Tue 23-Apr-13 17:20:33

Heard of this name the other day and thinking of for my baby if a girl. DH says he thinks the parents just didn't know how to spell Phoebe. Do you think he is right?

VBisme Tue 23-Apr-13 17:23:25


juneau Tue 23-Apr-13 17:24:56


Moominsarehippos Tue 23-Apr-13 17:26:08

How was it pronounced? Feeb of Fee-bee?

BehindLockNumberNine Tue 23-Apr-13 17:26:23

Yes, without a doubt

nooka Tue 23-Apr-13 17:28:41

I think it should be pronounced 'Feb', and yes it's an obviously misspelled name.

pinkyredrose Tue 23-Apr-13 17:28:55

Yes. The parents are thick and you'll look thick too if you use it for your baby.

Thurlow Tue 23-Apr-13 17:31:07

I agree with your DH.

BackforGood Tue 23-Apr-13 17:39:34

I suspect your dh is right.

According to Google, Phebe is a variant of Phoebe. It is a lovely name, but my choice would be to go with the classic spelling.

cockaleekie Tue 23-Apr-13 18:14:45

Thanks all. Based on what you've said think we will stick with usual spelling.

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 23-Apr-13 18:49:33

I would assume the parents didn't know about the normal spelling.

I do like Phoebe though.

LynetteScavo Tue 23-Apr-13 18:52:57

I would go with Phoebe, although Phebe is Hebe, but not.

Hulababy Tue 23-Apr-13 18:54:37

Please use Phoebe - it is a nice name and spelt as it should be!

Phebe should surely be pronounced Feeb

OkayHazel Wed 24-Apr-13 16:40:23

Even worse, I came across a Phoebe spelled as Febe. Hideous. Spell it properly!

NotSpartacus Wed 24-Apr-13 16:42:54

It does look like a typo.
But then I have a Phoebe, and have seen her name misspelled as Phebe, phoeboe and fiby.

fussychica Wed 24-Apr-13 16:44:29

Lovely name but stick with the usual spelling.

buttercrumble Wed 24-Apr-13 16:49:24

Beautiful name but only like the classic spelling

kelou75 Thu 25-Apr-13 11:09:41

I love the name phoebe it is my all-time favourite name but shame on the people who assume a person is "thick" because they've used a varient form of a name.
Phebe is an English varient of the Greek name Phoebe. Phebe means "shining one" and im sure was used in shakespears play 'As you like it' I think she was a shepardess- its been a while since my English literature days! And Yes most people use the spelling Phoebe however Phebe is a varient just as there a varients for many other names as they move across continents and time.

TwllBach Thu 25-Apr-13 11:14:48

I love phoebe. I don't really like phebe but only because it looks like its been misspelt. Even though it is a name in its own right, I would worry that people would think that I just couldn't spell and that, unfortunately, would bother me!

sleeplessinderbyshire Thu 25-Apr-13 22:25:58

the worst Phoebe varient I have come across is "Fee- Bee" yuk yuk yuk

MimsyBorogroves Thu 25-Apr-13 22:29:26

The mother wasn't called Donna, was she?

If not, there is more than one of them. Gah. Apparently she spelt it the "new" way.

She didn't, she spelt it the wrong way.

jkklpu Thu 25-Apr-13 22:31:05

Perhaps she misspellt Hebe instead?

MothershipG Fri 27-Sep-13 19:41:13

I have a Phebe, I hate that 'o', it just bugs the hell out of me and no one knows where to put it so you constantly see people writing Pheobe.

In the 1611 King James Bible it's spelt Phebe
I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
Were they just being trendy and alternative?

And to those who think if you take out the 'o' it would change the pronunciation, have you never heard of a split vowel digraph?

Finally my Phebe and I do not get in any way agitated about random 'o's, they do crop up when people first get to know her and it's no big deal, just like I had to learn there is no 'h' in Aisling. smile

P.S. I am not Donna, although this post totally outs me so if you know me in RL say hi!

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