Phoenix, strangely, is a unisex name in the United States. This surprised us because the name has a somewhat macho ring to it. Although we can see how the "rising" phoenix, a symbol of rebirth and regeneration, would be a unique option for any gender.
There are currently more women than men with the name Phoenix. Before you ask, yes, there are also people with the name Phoenix who choose not to identify as either male or female.
The meaning of Phoenix is "bringer of dawn" or "awakener". It's an ancient Greek name that was only adopted by humans recently. The name first appeared in use around 300 B.C. among the Athenians.
Phoenicia was a region in present-day Lebanon and Syria that played an important role in the development of civilization. The Phoenicians were a people who spoke a language related to Hebrew and Aramaic. Some authors believe they may have been the descendants of Canaanites who migrated into Asia Minor (present-day Turkey) after the collapse of the Bronze Age civilizations. Others suggest that they are simply another name for the Hebrews. Either way, they brought with them their culture and religion which included worshipping a multitude of gods, having marriage contracts written in advance so that no surprises would happen at the wedding, and owning property jointly.
Many people are unsure if the name Phoenix is a girl's or a boy's name. Because it is a gender-neutral name, anyone may be a phoenix. It can be used for girls or boys.
Phoenix was first used as an English name in 1556. It became more popular after use as a pet name began in the 1960s. Today, Phoenix is considered a common name and is used often among both adults and children.
According to the Social Security Administration, Arizona is one of only five states where Phoenix is commonly used among babies born each year. Another unique thing about Phoenix is that it is the only city in America named after a bird.
Phoenicia was the original name of today's city of Phoenix. The Phoenicians were a people who lived in what is now Lebanon and Syria. They were famous for their trading ships which traveled all over the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to being a name, Phoenicia also stands for "the confluence of three nations." These three countries are Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.
The name Phoenix first came into use in England as a pet name during the reign of Elizabeth I. It was then that it was used for boys names for the first time.
Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix is a Greek boy's name (also used less commonly as a girl's name), and its meaning is "dark red." The phoenix, a fabled Arabian bird, is a symbol of immortality. It dies and rises from its own ashes after existing for generations.
Phoenix was originally used only as a given name until it was adopted as a surname by people who lived in or were born in Arizona.
The name was made popular by the American rock band Phoenix. Formed in 1993, the group has two platinum-selling albums and one gold-selling album to their credit. They also have six singles that have reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Other famous people with the name include: actor Paul Phoenix; drummer Joe Phoenix of Australian band Powderfinger; and skateboarder Phoenix Marciano.
Phoenix is used as a first name by individuals who are not related to each other or to the band named above. It may be used as a nickname for someone who is called Bobby or Brendan.
Bobby or Brendan plus -ix can become a first name, too. So many people have this combination of names that there is no longer any need for separate first-name lines on social security cards or birth certificates.