What does Phillip mean?
Phillip /phil-lip/ [2 sylls.] as a name for boys is of Greek origin, and Phillip means "horse lover". Phillip is a version of Philip (Greek). Biblical: one of the 12 apostles. Phillipp is a conventional last name.
How popular is Phillip?
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 (#5351 out of 150436, Top 4%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Phillip and affiliated names. Philip (#389 the previous year), Felipe (#713), Phil and Filip are the popular variation forms of Phillip (#391 the previous year). Forms like Phyllip are uncommon. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.6378%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.3014%, down 52.7%), with the forms Felipe, Phillip, Phil and Philip becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)