Meaning: “young green shoot.”
Eng (KLO-wee); Fre (klo-AY)
Currently the 10th most popular female name in the United States, the name is of Greek origin and its meaning refers to a recently budding plant.
In Ancient Greece, the name was used as an epithet for the Greek goddess Demeter.
The name also appears in the New Testament, where it is the name of a woman mentioned by Paul in one of his epistles.
The name also appears in Ancient Greek romance written by Longus, Daphnis & Chloe.
In the English speaking world, the name has been in and out of usage since at least the 18th-century. Between 1944 and 1981, Chloe did not even make it to the U.S. top 1000. For the last decade, Chloe has been one of the most popular female names in the English speaking world.
In other countries, its popularity is as follows:
- # 2 (Australia, 2008)
- # 17 (Belgium, 2006)
- # 2 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
- # 6 (England/Wales, 2008)
- # 4 (France, 2009)
- # 9 (Ireland, 2008)
- # 6 (Isle of Man, 2008)
- # 9 (Northern Ireland, 2009)
- # 6 (Scotland, 2009)
- # 2 (Switzerland, among French-speakers, 2008)
Chloë and Chloe are both used in the English speaking world, without the diacritic (that is the two dots over the E), she is used in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Other forms include:
- Chloé (French)
- Kloé (Hungarian)
- Cloe (Italian)
- Cloé (Portuguese)
The name is borne by actress American actress, Chloë Sevigny (b.1974)