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What does Phillips mean?

Phillips Pronunciation of Phillips [phillips] as a name for boys is of Greek derivation, and Phillips means "horse lover". Phillips is an alternate spelling of Philip (Greek). Biblical: one of the 12 apostles.

Associated with: greek.


Phillips has 1 variant: Philips.

9 more alternative forms via Philip: Fillip, Philipp, Philippe, Philippos, Philippus, Phillip, Philly, Phyllip and Pilipo.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Phillips Nazir (P.N.), ..

How popular is Phillips?

Phillips is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#47 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Phillips was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #1700 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Phillip (#410 in recent rankings), Philip (#434) and Philippe are the prominent variation forms of Phillips. Other variants, like Philips, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Phillips was at its highest in the 1940s (usage of 0.6%) and is now significantly diminished (usage 0.1%, 86.7%), with versions such as Philip going out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Achillios, Achillius, Akillios (see Achilles), Akillius, Ghilles (see Gillies), Ghillie, Ghillies (see Gillies), Gillies, Gillis, Gilliss, Phelim, Phelps, Phil, Philbert, Philemon, Philipson, Phillbert (see Filbert), Philo, Phineas, Phinehas, Phinian, Phipps, Phips (see Phipps), Willis and Williss. These names tend to be more frequently used than Phillips.

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