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Demeter goddess of the harvest, who had the epithet Chloe
Pronunciation/ˈkli/ KLOH-ee
French: [kloe]
Greek pronunciation: [ˈxlo.i]
MeaningEpithet of Demeter, referring to young, green foliage or shoots of plants

Chloe (/ˈkli/;[1] Greek: Χλόη[note 1]), also spelled Chloë, Chlöe, or Chloé, is a feminine name meaning "blooming" or "fertility" in Greek. The name ultimately derives, through Greek, from the Proto-Indo-European root *ǵʰelh₃-, which relates to the colors yellow and green.[2][citation needed] The common scientific prefix chloro- (e.g. chlorine and chloroplast) derives from the same Greek root. In Greek the word refers to the young, green foliage or shoots of plants in spring.

Χλόη was one of the many epithets of the goddess Demeter.[3] 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.[4] The French spelling is Chloé.


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.

It has been a very popular name in the United Kingdom since the early 1990s, peaking in popularity later in the 1990s and during the first decade of the 21st century.

In Northern Ireland, Chloe was the most popular name for newborn girls from 1997 to 2002, followed by Emma in 2003.[5] It was also one of the most popular girls' names throughout the UK from 1995 to 2002.[6] In 2013, it was the fourth-most popular name for baby girls in Australia.[7]

Chloe was among the five most popular names for newborn girls of Asian descent in the American state of Virginia in 2022.[8] It has ranked among the top one hundred names for newborn American girls nationally since 1998, peaking in 2009 and 2010 when it was the ninth most popular name given to girls. It was the twenty-fourth most popular name for American girls nationally in 2021.[9] The name is occasionally misspelled as Chole. The United States Social Security Administration noted that a number of parents of girls initially named Chole on their birth certificates had filed to correct the spelling to Chloe between 2017 and 2022.[10]


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See also


  1. ^ Ancient Greek: Chlóē, pronounced [kʰló.ɛː]
    Modern Greek: Chlói, pronounced [ˈxlo.i]


  1. ^ Forvo, Команда. "произношение Chloe: Как произносится Chloe, язык: английский".
  2. ^ "Reconstruction:Proto-Indo-European/ǵʰelh₃- - Wiktionary". Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 1 Corinthians 1:11
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ "Mohammed enters top boys' names". BBC News. January 5, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Australia's 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  8. ^ "Virginia Department of Health's Office of Vital Records Announces Top Fifteen Baby Names of 2022, Other Interesting Virginia Birth Data". 23 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Popularity for the name Chloe - Behind the Name".
  10. ^ Andrew Van Dam (2022-08-12). "The most-regretted baby names, and more!". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.