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What does Philip mean?

Philip Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: greek, biblical, britain (england).


Philip has 20 variants: Felipe, Felipo, Filep, Filip, Filippo, Fillip, Fyllip, Phil, Philipp, Philippe, Philippos, Philippus, Philips, Phillip, Phillips, Philly, Phyllip, Pilipo, Pip and Pippo.

1 more relation via Felipe: Flip.

2 feminine forms: Philippa and Philopena.

Creative forms:
(male) Pilip, Vallip, ..

(female) Phicia, 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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Philip name in U.S.

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Philip, Felipe, Filip, Phil, Philippe in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Phillip, Phillips in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested 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.

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