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Chloe (/ˈkl.i/)[1] (also Chloë, Chloé, Greek: Χλόη) is a feminine name, meaning "blooming" or "fertility" in Greek. It has been a very popular name in the United Kingdom since about 1990, peaking in popularity later in the 1990s and during the first decade of the 21st century.

Chloe
Pronunciation/ˈkli/ KLOH-ee
French: [klo.e]
GenderFemale
Origin
Word/nameGreek
MeaningEpithet of Demeter, referring to young, green foliage or shoots of plants

The name was a popular Ancient Greek girl's name (cf. the Ancient Greek novel Daphnis and Chloe) and remains a popular Greek name today. The word χλόη (khlóē), which was one of the many names of the goddess Demeter, refers to the young, green foliage or shoots of plants in spring.[2] The name appears in the New Testament, in 1 Corinthians 1:11 in the context of "the house of Chloe," a leading early Christian woman in Corinth, Greece.[3] The French spelling is Chloé.

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In Northern Ireland, Chloe was the most popular name for newborn girls from 1997 to 2002, followed by Emma in 2003.[4] It was also one of the most popular girls' names throughout the UK from 1995 to 2002.[5] In 2013, it was the fourth-most popular name for baby girls in Australia.[6]

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  1. ^ Forvo, Команда. "произношение Chloe: Как произносится Chloe, язык: английский". forvo.com.
  2. ^ χλόη in Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, revised and augmented throughout by Jones, Sir Henry Stuart, with the assistance of McKenzie, Roderick. Oxford: Clarendon Press. In the Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University.
  3. ^ 1 Corinthians 1:11
  4. ^ "Jack and Emma were the most popular first names in Northern Ireland in 2003" (PDF) (Press release). Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. 2 January 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2008. Jack and Emma were the most popular first names given to children whose births were registered in Northern Ireland in 2003
  5. ^ "Mohammed enters top boys' names". BBC News. January 5, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "Australia's 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10.