Phoenix originates in Greek language and means "dark crimson". Phoenix is a mythical firebird that appears in various different mythologies. In all myths and legends, the bird is immortal and that is why until today it is considered a symbol of immortality. It is also the name of the capital city of Arizona. Phoenix can be used as both feminine and masculine given names, currently it is more popular for boys in the United States. It functions as a surname as well, the famous bearer being the American actor Joaquin Phoenix.