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What does Phillip mean?

Phillip /phil-lip/ 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.

Associated with: greek.


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

Phillip has 5 more relations via Philip: Phil, Philips, Phillips, Philly and Pilipo.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Philpa, Vallip, ..

(female) Philla, Philli, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Phillip for boys. Phillip reached its highest rank of #68 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #391 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 history of Phillip and affiliated names. Philip (#389 the previous year), Felipe (#713), Filip (#1786), Phillips, Philippe and Phil are the popular variation forms of Phillip (#391 the previous year). Other forms, like Philips, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Phillip was widespread among parents 7 decades ago (median #944) and is now significantly lower (#1325, 83%), with forms like Phillip falling out of fashion.

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

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

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

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Recommended names are Ghillie, Phelim and Philo. These names tend to be less frequently used than Phillip.