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Philip 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.
Baby names that sound like Philip are Flip, Felippe, Welby, Wellby and Welbie.
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Popularity of Philip
Philip is a very popular first name for men (#95 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6527 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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