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What does Phyllis mean?

Phyllis /phyl-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 has 13 variants: Filis, Fillis, Fillys, Fyllis, Philis, Phillis, Philys, Phylis, Phyliss, Phyllida, Phyllie, Phylliss and Phyllys.

Affiliated girl names: Clematis, Phillida and Phylicia.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Phyllia, Phyllisl, ..

(male) Phyllo, Phylvis, ..

How popular is Phyllis?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name statistics of Phyllis for girls. Phyllis reached its highest rank of #27 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Phyllis name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Phyllis and related names. Popular variation forms of Phyllis are Phillis, Phylicia, Phylis and Phyliss. These forms of Phyllis reached the peak of their popularity 8 decades ago (average #1013), but now, the version Phyllis has become less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Phyllis, Phillis, Phylicia, Phylis, Phyliss in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Allis, Collis, Dallis, Dellis, Dylis, Dyllis, Ellis, Hollis, Pallas, Palles, Phelia, Philia, Phillie, Phillina, Philline, Phillipa, Phillira (see Philyra), Philly, Phyllicia, Phyllisha, Polli, Pollie and Wallis. These names tend to be less frequently used than Phyllis.