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Meaning and name origin

Phyllis \ph(yl)-lis\ as a girl's 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 has 13 variant forms: Filis, Fillis, Fillys, Fyllis, Philis, Phillis, Philys, Phylis, Phyliss, Phyllida, Phyllie, Phylliss and Phyllys.

For more information, see also related girl names Clematis, Phillida and Phylicia.


Phyllis is a very popular first name for females (#93 out of 4276, Top 2%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Phyllis for girls (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Phyllis name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Phyllis outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Phyllis and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Phylicia, Phylis, Phillis and Phyllis. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Phylicia, Phylis, Phillis, Phyllis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Phyllis and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Phyllisha. This name tends to be less commonly used than Phyllis.