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Gender: Female Meaning of Philippa: "lover of horses" Origin of Philippa: Greek, feminine variation of Philip

The name Philippa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "lover of horses". Philippa and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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Philippa is a prime example of a boy's name adapted for girls that was common as crumpets in Cornwall, but rarely heard stateside, never having appeared in the Top 1000. That was before the advent of royal sister-in-law Philippa Middleton, who goes by the lively nickname Pippa.

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.

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Famous People Named Philippa

Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of Edward III of England
Philippa of England, Queen consort of Denmark, Sweden and Norway as wife of Eric of Pomerania
Philippa of Lancaster, Queen consort of John I of Portugal
Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton, socialite sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Philippa of Dreux, Dame de Coucy, Countess of Bar
Philippa Duke Schuyler, American pianist
Philippa "Pippa" Bennett-Warner, English actress
Philippa Ann "Pippa" Guard, English actress
Philippa "Pippa" Haywood, English actress
Philippa Strum, American political scientist
Philippa Gregory, British historical novelist
Philippa Rachel "Pippa" Funnell, English Olympic equestrian
Philippa Ruth Foot, English philosopher
(Ann) Philippa Pearce, English children's novelist
Philippa Boyens, New Zealand screenwriter
Philippa "Pippa" Marrack, English biologist
(Mary) Philippa Brazill, Australian nursing educator and administrator
Philippa Tomson, English journalist and TV presenter
Philippa Russell, English disability activist
Philippa Roet Chaucer, wife of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer
Phillipa "Pippa" Soo, American actress
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

Pop Culture References for the name Philippa

Philippa Fisher, book series by Liz Kessler and its main character
Philippa "Phil" Gordon, character in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Dr. Philippa Horwood, character in "The Hole" and "After the Hole"
Philippa Eilhart, character in the Witcher franchise

Pelippa, Flip, Pippie, Pippy, Phil, Phillipa, Phillie, Philly, Pippi, Phillipina

Philippa's International Variations

Pippa, Fillippa, Filippina (Italian) Felipa, Felepita (Spanish) Ina, Philippine, Filipa, Filipina, Philipa, Inka (Polish) Felipan, Filippa, Filia (French) Pelipa (Zuni)