Meaning and name origin
Philip \ph(i)-lip\ as a boy's name is pronounced FIL-ip. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Philip is "horse lover". Biblical: one of the 12 apostles. Common since early Christian times. Philippe (fil-LEEP) is a French form. Britain's Prince Philip; Crown Prince Felipe of Spain; painter Filippo Lippi; playwright Philip Barry; talk show host Phil Donahue; actor Philip Seymour Hoffman; author Philip Roth; football player Phil Simms.
Philip▼ has 20 variant forms: Felipe▼, Felipo, Filep, Filip, Filippo, Fillip, Fyllip, Phil▼, Philipp, Philippe, Philippos, Philippus, Philips, Phillip▼, Phillips, Philly, Phyllip, Pilipo, Pip and Pippo.
Philip is a very popular first name for males (#95 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6527 out of 88799, Top 7%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Philip for boys. Philip reached its highest rank of #60 in the U.S. in 1940-1949 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Philip and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Philip (#389), Phillip (#391), Felipe (#713), Phil and Filip. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).