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Gender: Male Meaning of Philip: "lover of horses" Origin of Philip: Greek Philip's Popularity in 2017: #425

The name Philip is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lover of horses". Philip is ranked #425 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets You Know".

From the experts:

Philip, the name of one of the 12 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 and 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.

The name can also be spelled Phillip; that spelling is consistently used almost exactly as much as this spelling, and in 2017 there were exactly as many baby Phillips as there were baby Philips.

Some other modern Philip namesakes are writer Roth, late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, architect Johnson, and composer Glass. Model Eva Herzigova named her baby Philip.

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

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Famous People Named Philip

Philip, Biblical apostle
Philip I-V, Kings of Spain
Philip I-VI, Kings of France
Philip III, King of Navarre
Philip I-III, Dukes of Burgundy
Philip I and II, Kings of Macedon
Philip Leopold Lewis Marie, King of Belgium
Philip of Swabia, King of Germany
Philip, King of Sweden
Philip aka Metacomet, King of the Native American Wampanoag people
Philip Mountbatten, Prince of the UK; Duke of Edinburgh; husband of 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 known as AmazingPhil
Philip "Phil" Jamieson, lead singer of Australian band Grinspoon
Philip George Zimbardo, American psychologist
Phillip Phillips- American singer
Philip Hamilton, first son of Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton
Philip Marsiaj (b. 2011), son of Czech model and actress Eva Herzigová

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"
Prior Philip, a main character in Ken Follett's "The Pillars of Earth"
Philip Fletcher, main character in G. A. Henty's "St. Bartholomew's Eve"
Philip, name chosen by both Angela and Pam for their sons on TV's "The Office"
Philip Maylands, main character in R. M. Ballantyne's "Post Haste"

Phyllip, Phillip, Flip, Phillipp, Fillip, Phillips, Phil, Pippo, Pip, Philp, Phelps, Philly, Phylip, Fyllip

Philip's International Variations

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


B.B. Says:


My southern accent does!

clairels Says:


Some people do pronounce it like "up" though.

morning_glory Says:


Philip is pronounced FILL-ip. No 'u' sounds at all.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I have such a newfound appreciation for this name, especially since I am using it in one of my stories

beachbear Says:


I thought "up" was exactly how the ending sounded...

-EagleEyes- Says:


And I, just turned nine, you can write rhymes but you can't write mine. :)

Sagebrush Says:


My name is Philip. I am a poet. I wrote this poem just to show it.

catcher5 Says:


This is a family name, but I've always been a little luke-warm about using it. I don't love Phil. But I do love Pip, it's adorable. So I might have to re-think Philip with the nn Pip.

Leah3456 Says:


Classic, timeless name.

clairels Says:


What can I say, I was a stupid little kid.

ShannonLim Says:


haha yeah that's true but the ending sounds far from 'up' o:

clairels Says:


I guess it depends on the language, but in English the first syllable definitely sounds more like "fill" than "feel."

ShannonLim Says:


Doesn't it sound more like "fee-lip"?

clairels Says:


As a kid whenever I heard this name, I thought "Fill Up? Fill what up? Who would name their kid Fill Up?"

AnonymousPerson Says:


A very nice name indeed. I may consider it for a future son.