What does Philip mean?
Philip /phi-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. 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.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Philip for boys. Philip reached its apex position of #60 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is at #389 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Felipe (#713 2 years ago), Filip, Phil and Phillip (#391) are the popular related forms of Philip (#389 2 years ago). These relations of Philip were at the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.6378%) and have become significantly less common since (usage 0.3014%, 52.7% less). Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Philip and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)