Meaning and Name Origin
Phyllis \ph(yl)-lis\ as a girls' name is pronounced FILL-iss. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Phyllis is "greenery". Greek mythology: a character of this name dies for love, then is transformed into an almond tree. The name is used by poets to stand for the idealised country lass. Poet Phyllis McGinley; commedienne Phyllis Diller.
Phyllis is a very popular first name for women (#93 out of 4276, Top 2%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Phyllis for girls. Phyllis reached its highest rank of #27 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Phyllis and related names. Popular variation forms of Phyllis are Phillis, Phylicia and Phylis. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 and are now significantly less popular, with the versions Phylicia and Phyllis becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Phyllisha. This name tends to be less frequently used than Phyllis.