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Gender: male
Pronunciation: FIL-ip, FEE-lip, fee-LEEP, FI-lip
Meaning: lover of horses, friend of horses
Related Names: Felipe, Felipo, Filep, Filip, Filippo, Fillip, Flip, Fyllip, Phil, Philip, Philipp, Philippe, Philippos, Philippus, Philips, Phill, Phillips, Philly, Phyllip, Pilipo, Pip, Pippo, Welby

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 239


Name: phillip Origin: Greek,, Meaning (no case): lover of horses, friend of horses



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The name Phillip derives from the Greek “Phillipos” meaning “friend of horses” or “lover of horses,” which is a combination of “philos” meaning “friend” or “loving” and “hippos” meaning “a horse.” The Greek “Phillipos” was transferred to the Latin “Philippus.” The Anglo-Normans introduced the name to Ireland. Gaelic forms of “Phillip” include “Pilib,” “Filib” and “Filip.”

In the Bible, Saint Phillip was one of the twelve apostles of Christ.

The name Philip belonged to five Spanish Kings, six French Kings, one Swedish King and five Macedonian Kings, including the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II.


According to the 1990 United States Census, Phillip ranked as the 87th most popular male first name and the 4,866th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boy's names every decade since 1880. In the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boy's names

United States Popularity of the boy's name Phillip in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:285th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:268th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:248th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:233rd
  • Year: 2002 Rank:226th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:209th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:198th

Of almost equal popularity, at least in the United States, is the variant form “Philip.”

United States Popularity of the boy's name Philip in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:343rd
  • Year: 2005 Rank:325th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:307th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:289th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:263rd
  • Year: 2001 Rank:268th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:255th

In 2007, the variant form “Philip” ranked as the 34th most popular boy’s name in Denmark.


  • “Phillipp” is the name of a community in Mississippi, USA.


  • “Philip” was a character in William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”
  • “I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night” is a song by Billy Bragg.
  • In Shakepeare’s work “King John” the name Philip belong to the characters “King Philip of France” and “Philip the Bastard.”


  • Philip Kindred Dick – Science fiction writer who struggled with poverty during his life, but has inspired the movies “A Scanner Darkly,’ “Blade Runner,” “Minority Report” and “Total Recall,” among others.
  • Philip Milton Roth – American author who gained recognition with the collection “Goodbye, Columbus” in 1959.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – Television and film actor who won an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for his role in the 2005 movie “Capote.” He was also nominated for an acting Oscar for his work in the 2007 movie “Charlie Wilson's War.”
  • Phillip Martin Simms – NFL quarterback who was elected to two Pro Bowls and was the Super Bowl MVP in 1987 when he won the Super Bowl with the New York Giants.
  • Philip David Charles Collins – Famous musician who won several Grammy Awards in the 1980’s and 1990’s.


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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about PhillipRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 7  +
Meaning lover of horses, friend of horses  +
Meaningnc lover of horses, friend of horses  +
Name phillip  +
Origin Greek  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation FIL-ip, FEE-lip, fee-LEEP, FI-lip  +
Rank in 2000s 239  +
Related Felipe  +, Felipo  +, Filep  +, Filip  +, Filippo  +, Fillip  +, Flip  +, Fyllip  +, Phil  +, Philip  +, Philipp  +, Philippe  +, Philippos  +, Philippus  +, Philips  +, Phill  +, Phillips  +, Philly  +, Phyllip  +, Pilipo  +, Pip  +, Pippo  +, and Welby  +
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