Greek, feminine variation of Philip
"lover of horses"

Philippa Origin and Meaning

The name Philippa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "lover of horses".

Philippa is a prime example of a boy's name adapted for girls that was common as crumpets in Cornwall, but rarely heard stateside. That was before the advent of royal sister-in-law Philippa Middleton, who goes by the lively nickname Pippa.

Philippa has still never appeared in the Top 1000 in the US, quite an accomplishment for a classic name that's been around for centuries. It does, however, rank on England's as well as Nameberry's own internal lists.

Pippa doesn't rank in the US either, but is far more popular than Philippa in the rest of the English-speaking world. It ranks in the Top 100 in Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, and in the Top 200 in England and Scotland.

Philippa has been fashionable in England since the fourteenth century when King Edward married Philippa of Hainault. There have been several early Saint Philippas, and it was the name of the wife of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Novelist Philippa Gregory authored the bestselling historical novel The Other Boelyn Girl.

# 636 on Nameberry

Philippa Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Philippa Popularity

Famous People Named Philippa

  • Philippa of HainaultQueen consort of Edward III of England
  • Philippa of EnglandQueen consort of Denmark, Sweden and Norway as wife of Eric of Pomerania
  • Philippa of LancasterQueen consort of John I of Portugal
  • Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middletonsocialite sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Philippa of DreuxDame de Coucy, Countess of Bar
  • Philippa Duke SchuylerAmerican pianist
  • Philippa "Pippa" BennettWarner, English actress
  • Philippa Ann "Pippa" GuardEnglish actress
  • Philippa "Pippa" HaywoodEnglish actress
  • Philippa StrumAmerican political scientist
  • Philippa GregoryBritish historical novelist
  • Philippa Rachel "Pippa" FunnellEnglish Olympic equestrian
  • Philippa Ruth FootEnglish philosopher
  • (Ann) Philippa PearceEnglish children's novelist
  • Philippa BoyensNew Zealand screenwriter
  • Philippa "Pippa" MarrackEnglish biologist
  • (Mary) Philippa BrazillAustralian nursing educator and administrator
  • Philippa TomsonEnglish journalist and TV presenter
  • Philippa RussellEnglish disability activist
  • Philippa Roet Chaucerwife of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Philippa Marie Carolina Isabelle (b. 1988)Princess of Hohenzollern, daughter of Prince Karl Friedrich
  • Philippa Frances "Pippa" Bryan (b. 2010)daughter of actress Emily Procter and Paul Bryan

Philippa in Pop Culture

  • Philippa Fisherbook series by Liz Kessler and its main character
  • Philippa "Phil" Gordoncharacter in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
  • Dr. Philippa Horwoodcharacter in "The Hole" and "After the Hole"
  • Philippa Eilhartcharacter in the Witcher franchise
  • Philippa Georgioucharacter in the TV series Star Trek: Discovery