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Gender: Male Meaning of Philemon: "kiss" Origin of Philemon: Greek

The name Philemon is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "kiss". Philemon and is often added to user-created lists like Bohemian Boy and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Rarely heard New Testament name -- he was a friend of Saint Paul -- that might conceivably stand up to modern usage.

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Famous People Named Philemon

Philemon, 4th-/3rd-century BCE poet and playwright
Philemon Tecumseh Sherman, son of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman
Philemon Holland (1552-1637), English translator
Philemon Pownoll, officer of the Royal Navy
Philemon Beecher "P.B." Van Trump (1839-1916), American mountaineer known for the first ascent of Mount Rainier in 1870
Filemon Wesselink (b. 1979), Dutch television presenter

Pop Culture References for the name Philemon

-From Greek philema 'a kiss'. Philemon was a fairly common name in Ancient Greece.
-Mythological; features in the tale of Baucis and Philemon.
-Biblical; name of the recipient of one of St Paul's letters in the New Testament.
-In Britain mainly used in the 19th century though never in great numbers. In modern times still in use in the US, though very infrequently.
-Pronounced fi-LEE-mən or fie-LEE-mən in English, FEE-leh-mahn in German.