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.)

    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." --Chloe May

  • As far as I know, the name comes originally from a Greek goddess, the goddess of green growing things (or something like that). I guess it was adopted by the French later. --Chloe the Chloist

    Chloe Chao / last updated April 1, 2006