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What does Philly mean?

Philly Pronunciation of Philly [philly] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Philly) is a Greek name, and the name Philly means "horse lover". Philly is an alternate form of Philip (Greek). Biblical: one of the 12 apostles.

Associated with: greek.


6 related forms via Philip: Phil, Philipp, Philips, Phillip, Phillips and Phyllip.

Creative forms:
(male) Phillo, Phily, ..

(female) Philla, Philta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Philly Nickolas (P.N.), ..

How popular is Philly?

Philly is an uncommonly occurring given name for men. Philly is an equally uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Philly (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 are Phil, Philip (#434 in 2015), Phillip (#410) and Phillips. These relations of Philly reached the top of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (average #538) and have become significantly less popular since (#1211, 87% less usage), with forms like Phil becoming less in vogue. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Philly is alike in pronunciation to Philo. Other suggested similar names are Baily, Billy, Birly, Brily (see Briley), Brinly, Caily, Charly, Chesly, Chill, Cully, Daily, Gridly (see Gridley), Haily (see Haley), Hilly, Kelly, Linly, Paisley, Paley, Pall, Pauly, Peall, Pealle, Peasly, Pell, Penley, Penly, Phelan, Phelim, Phelps, Phipps, Phips (see Phipps), Poll, Presly, Reilly, Ridly (see Ridley), Riply (see Ripley), Risly (see Risley), Rolly, Scully, Shelly, Sicilly (see Sicily), Skelly, Sully, Tully, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be more frequently used than Philly.

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