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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 lists like Bible Names for Boys 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.


elisabeth_terceiro Says:


i have a boy names this in my uni class, exept its spelt 'flimon'. i also went to school with him and he had nicknames like 'flamingo' or 'flip flop.'

clairels Says:


Not in any French I've ever heard. Do you mean "Il est mort?"