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What does Phil mean?

Phil Pronunciation of Phil [phil] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Phil) is a Greek name, and Phil means "horse lover". Phil is an alternate form of Philip (Greek). Biblical: one of the 12 apostles.

Associated with: greek.


Phil has 5 related forms via Philip: Philipp, Philips, Phillip, Philly and Pip.

Creative forms:
(male) Pail, Philley, ..

(female) Philli, Phillia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Phil Darren (P.D.), ..

How popular is Phil?

Phil is a very popular first name for males (#460 out of 1220, Top 38%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#127948 out of 150436, Top 85%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Phil for boys. Phil reached its highest position of #293 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Phil and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Phil are Phillip (#410 in 2015) and Philip (#434). These relations of Phil reached the apex of their popularity 75 years ago (average #142) and are now significantly less popular (#948, 87.4% less usage), with forms such as Philip falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Phil, Philip, Phillip in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Adil, Akil, Amil, Axil, Bail, Egil, Emil, Gail, Gil, Kahil, Kail, Neil, Pain, Pal, Pall, Paul, Peal, Peel, Pell, Perl, Philo, Phips (see Phipps), Pio, Pol, Poll, Poul, Sahil, Sail, Sohil, Vail and Wil. These names tend to be less commonly used than Phil.

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