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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 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.

There are 2 feminine forms of Philip: Philippa and Philopena.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Philip name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Philip outside U.S.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Felipe, Phil, Philip, Phillip in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Filip, Philip outside U.S.


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