The name Phoenix is primarily a gender-neutral name of Greek origin that means Purple-Red.
In mythology, most notably Greek and Egyptian, the phoenix is a bird that rises from ashes. The modern word for the immortal bird originates from Latin and was reinforced with French usage. In Greek mythology Phoenix is the name several figures, including a Trojan war hero and a chieftain.
Phoenix has only been recently used as a common given name. It first entered popularity charts in the United States for boys in 1995. The name then began seeing usage in England & Wales, New Zealand, and Australia a few years later. In the U.S., Phoenix entered the top 1000 for girls in 2003 and is now nearly equally as popular as it is for boys.
Phoenix is the name of various places around the world, the most well-known being the capital city of Arizona in the United States. It is also used as a surname.
Famous bearers: River Phoenix, actor.
Joaquin Phoenix, actor. Phoenix/Dark Phoenix, X-Men character.