What does Philip mean?
Philip [philip] 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. 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.
1 more relation via Felipe: Flip.Creative forms:
(male) Pilip, Vallip, ..
(female) Phipip, .. Middle name pairings:
Philip Kolten (P.K.), ..
How popular is Philip?
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. Demographics)
Philip reached its apex position of #57 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is at #434 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Felipe (#798 in recent rankings), Filip (#1926), Phil, Philippe, Phillip (#410) and Phillips are the popular related forms of Philip (#434 in recent rankings). These relations of Philip were at the top of their popularity 75 years ago (adoption of 0.6%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.1%, 84.5% less), with forms like Phil becoming less in vogue.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Chip, Pali, Pauli, Paulie, Paulin, Pavlik, Phelan, Phelim, Phelps, Phenix, Philipson, Philo, Phinian, Phipps and Phips (see Phipps). These names tend to be less commonly used than Philip.See names in meaning and etymology.