What does Philip mean?
Philip \ph(i)-lip\ as a boys' 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 is a very prominent first name for men (#95 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#6778 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Philip for boys. Philip reached its apex position of #60 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is at #389 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Felipe (#713 in 2014), Filip, Phil and Phillip (#391) are the popular related forms of Philip (#389 in 2014). These boy names were at the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.6378%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.3014%, down 52.7%), with the forms Felipe, Phil, Philip and Phillip becoming less in vogue. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Philip and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)