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Gender: M Meaning of Philo: "loving" Origin of Philo: Greek

Could Philo be the next Milo?

We love the o-ending and sweet meaning of this dynamic and distinctive Greek name, often used in literature, but never particularly popular.

The ancient Philo (aka Philo of Alexandria and Philo the Jew) was a Biblical philosopher who attempted to merge Greek and Jewish thought.

A character named Philo was a minor figure in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, it was the name of the S. S. Van Dine aristocratic dandy detective Philo Vance, and Clint Eastwood's character in both Any Which Way You Can and Any Which Way But Loose was Philo Beddoe. Most well known Philo in recent real life was inventor Philo Farnsworth.

Famous People Named Philo

Philo T. Farnsworth, American inventor (the inventor of television)
Philo McCullough, American actor who appeared in 255 films between 1914 and 1969

Pop Culture References for the name Philo

Philo Beddoe, Clint Eastwood's character in the films "Every Which Way but Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can"
Alternate spelling of phyllo, as in phyllo pastry dough (Greek - Phyllo, British - Filo)
Philo Thibodeau, character from "Star of Babylon," by Barbara Wood