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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, one of the Twelve Apostles
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Academy Award-winning American actor (d. 2014)
Philip Rivers, American NFL football player
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
Philip Erenberg, American Olympic medalist in gymnastics
Philip Pullman, English novelist
Philip Carey, American actor
Philip Reeve, English novelist
Philip Roth, American novelist
Philip Guston, American painter
Philip "Phil" Collins, British musician
Phil Keoghan - host of The Amazing Race
Philip "Phil" Lester, English radio host and internet personality
Philip "Phil" Jamieson, lead singer of Australian band "Grinspoon"
Philip George Zimbardo, renowned American psychologist
Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty

Pop Culture References for the Name Philip

Philip "Pip" Pirrip, character in Dickens' "Great Expectations"
Philip Herriton, from the movie "Where Angels Fear to Tread"
Philip, also known as "The Governor" on the AMC series The Walking Dead. He is played by British actor David Morrissey.
Philip "Phil" Dunphy, character on Modern Family
Prince Philip - Sleeping Beauty
Philip J. Fry, the main protagonist of the 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)