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Origin: French, Greek

Meaning: a combination of belle, a French word and name meaning "beautiful" and Phoebe, a Greek feminine name meaning "bright, radiant" so the name essentially meaning "beautiful Phoebe" or "beautiful Diana" since Phoebe was an epithet to the Roman goddess of the moon and hunt, Diana, the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Artemis.

It was created by Edmund Spenser for his poem The Faerie Queene in 1590, and who was supposed to be a representation of Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Belphoebe