chloes, chloes everywhere!
Here is an artistic rendition of my namesake. She is depicted here
with the shepherd, Daphnis, who wins a kiss from her by dancing better than his rival, the cowherd. Who would've guessed?
So here's my story: My dad was a romantic and named me after the first
record (Daphnis et Chloe) he bought when he was 16. It's the truth! Little
did Ravel know what impact he would have..
Web things named after the nymph..
Here is the current, up to the second, list
of places in the Web where representations of other chloes appear.
Here is the funniest things I found!
The Adventures of Mr. Chloe, the world's most traveled pet bunny rabbit.
Here's the ongoing debate..
Friends can't seem to decide whether or not Chloe was originally a
Greek name, a French name, or a German one. I thought it might be Greek
since "chloe" is actually a word that means "green plant." What do you think?
You may send your thoughts and musings to
feedback (at) chloechao (dot) com.
(Sorry to remove the "mailto" link but the SPAM gets out of hand when the
web crawlers find an honest-to-goodness email address to bombard.)
Just to be official, I did go and check out the etymology,
but it's still fun to debate it!
Here are the current responses..
I always find it exciting to know that other people have my name,
no matter how unique it is. To answer your question on the origin of
Chloe, it was at first a Bible name, but I still consider it Greek
name. --Chloe Steinshouer
Undoubtedly Greek, from the
title "_Daphnis and Chloe_, the first pastoral prose romance and one of
the most popular of the Greek erotic romances," (Encyclopedia Brittanica)
written by one Longus, a Greek writer who lived around the 2nd or 3rd
century AD. No doubt those who consider it a French name do so because
they are familiar with the French ballet _Daphnis et Chloe_ (1912, music
by Ravel), and those who consider it a German name because they are
familiar with Goethe's work _Daphnis and Chloe_ (1907, and bad marks for
originality in titles all around). --Jin Choi
The only thing I can tell you about your name is
that is definitely not a German name. To my knowledge no such name exists
in German language. I grew up in Germany and Brazil. --Matt Bronowski
I have done a little research
and the oldest reference I can find is in the bible, 1 Corinthians 1,11.
--Chloe Fearing (a male Chloe!)
Ravel's ballet was set in Greece, and from what I can gather, it
sounds as though it was based on the original Greek book. --AJ Wilkes
I once read that Chloe means "the greek goddess of greek grass."
As far as I know, the name
comes originally from a Greek goddess, the goddess of green growing things
something like that). I guess it was adopted by the French later.
--Chloe the Chloist
Chloe Chao / last updated April 1, 2006