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Meaning and Name Origin

Phillip \ph(il)-lip\ as a name for boys is of Greek origin, and Phillip means "horse lover". Phillip is a derivative of Philip (Greek); biblical: one of the 12 apostles. Very common baby name.


Phillip has 8 variants: Felipe, Filep, Filip, Fillip, Fyllip, Philipp, Philippe and Phyllip.

Phillip has 11 more related variations via Philip: Felipo, Filippo, Phil, Philippos, Philippus, Philips, Phillips, Philly, Pilipo, Pip and Pippo.


Phillip is a very prominent first name for males (#87 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4866 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Phillip for boys. Phillip reached its highest rank of #68 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #391 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Phillip and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Phillip (#391 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Philip (#389 the previous year), Felipe (#713), Phil and Filip. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during 1940-1949 and is now significantly lower, with the forms Felipe, Phillip, Phil and Philip becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth 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.