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What does Pippa mean?

Pippa Pronunciation of Pippa [pip-pa] as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Pippa is "lover of horses". Diminutive of Philippa. It was made popular in the 19th century by Brownings' poem "Pippa Passes" (1841), in which the name is of the heroine who works in an Italian silk mill. The name is however not used in Italy and is of mostly British use. The name was also used for a carefree and upbeat character in the 2009 film "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee".

Associated with: greek, 19th century, heroine, british (england), carefree (joy).


Pippa has 2 variants: Pip and Pippy.

6 more related forms via Philippa: Filipa, Filippa, Pelipa, Pelippa, Philipa and Pippie.

Creative forms:
(female) Pipphi, Pipta, ..

(male) Pippar, Pippey, ..

Middle name pairings:
Pippa Maleah (P.M.), ..

How popular is Pippa?

Pippa is a rare first name for females. Pippa is a unique last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Pippa was first listed in 2012 and reached its highest rank of #1741 in the U.S. in 2014, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. The only other popular variation form of Pippa is Filippa. These forms of Pippa were favored as birth names 1 year ago.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pippa in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Pippa is pronounced similarly to Pepa, Peppie, Peppy and Poppy. Other suggested similar names are Joppa, Pia, Piera, Pima and Piper. These names tend to be more commonly used than Pippa.

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