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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 is a very popular first name for males (#95 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6527 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Philip for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Philip and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Felipe, Filip, Phil, Philip and Phillip. (2015 statistics).
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