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Gender: M Meaning of Philip: "lover of horses" Origin of Philip: Greek Philip's Popularity in 2013: #386

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Philip, the name of one of the twelve apostles, is still favored by parents in search of a solid boys' classic that is less neutral than Robert or John and more distinctive than Daniel or Matthew and has many historic, royal ties.

Famous bearers include Saint Philip, one of the twelve Apostles, King Philip the Great, who was the father of Alexander the Great, plus there have been numerous other French and Spanish rulers named Philip.

Thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh, though, Philip has a certain built-in reserve, somewhat straight and staid.

When it comes to nicknames, you're not limited to the midcentury Phil--more lively ones include Pip and Flip.

Model Eva Herzigova named her baby Philip--which can also be spelled Phillip--in fact that is the preferred spelling, ranking 59 places higher.

Some other modern Philip namesakes are writer Roth, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, architect Johnson and composer Glass.

Philip comes via Latin from the Greek and was a name Top 100 choice for a century, before fading in the 1980s. In literature, Philip Pirrip is the full name of Pip from Great Expectations, and other Philips appear in the novels of Jane Austen, George Eliot and Thackeray--not to mention Raymond Chandler's detective Philip Marlowe.

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Famous People Named Philip

Philip, Biblical apostle
Philip I-VI, Kings of Spain
Philip I-III, Kings of Portugal
Philip I-III, Dukes of Burgundy
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor
Philip Morris Glass, American composer
Philip Michael Rivers, American NFL football player
Philip "Phil" Richard Erenberg, American Olympic gymnast
Philip Pullman, English novelist
Eugene Joseph "Philip" Carey, American actor
Philip Reeve, English novelist
Philip Kindred Dick, American novelist
Philip Milton Roth, American novelist
Philip Levine, American Poet Laureate
Philip Guston (born Phillip Goldstein), American painter
Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson, American basketball coach and team president
Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, English musician
Philip Hampson "Phil" Knight, American co-founder of Nike
Philip John "Phil" Keoghan, New Zealand host of TV's "The Amazing Race"
Philip "Phil" Michael Lester, English radio host and internet personality
Philip "Phil" Jamieson, lead singer of Australian band Grinspoon
Philip George Zimbardo, American psychologist

Pop Culture References for the Name Philip

Philip "Pip" Pirrip, character in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"
Philip Herriton, character in movie "Where Angels Fear to Tread"
Philip "The Governor," character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Philip "Phil" Dunphy, character on TV's "Modern Family"
Prince Philip, character in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty"
Philip J. Fry, main character in animated sitcom "Futurama"

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Philip's International Variations

Felip (Catalan) Filip (Czech) Vilppu (Finnish) Philippe (French) Philipp (German) Fülöp (Hungarian) Pilip (Irish Gaelic) Filippo (Italian) Philbin, Pilbin (Scottish) Filib (Scottish Gaelic) Felipe (Spanish)