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

The name Philo is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "loving". Philo and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Ancient Cultures and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Philo

Philo of Alexandria, Jewish philosopher of Hellenistic Egypt
Philo of Byblos, Greek writer
Philo of Larissa, Greek philosopher
Philo of Byzantium, Greek engineer
Philo the Dialectician, Greek philosopher
Philo Taylor Farnsworth, American inventor of television
Philo McCullough, American actor
Philo Hall, U.S. Congressman from South Dakota
Philo Norton McGiffin, U.S. naval officer
Philo Alphonso Wallace, Barbadian cricketer

Pop Culture References for the name Philo

Philo Beddoe, character in the films "Every Which Way but Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can"
Philo Vance, main character in detective novels by S.S. van Dine
Philo Thibodeau, character from "Star of Babylon," by Barbara Wood
Philo, character on TV's Fraggle Rock
Philo, character from the "Weird Al" Yankovic film UHF
Philo, character in David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion



indiefendi2 Says:


this shouldn't be a first name

EW314 Says:


Pronounced FIE-low

AriellaBar Says:


Cool sound and meaning. Could be a great way to pay tribute to a family Philip!

ETBC Says:


Is it PHY-Lo, PHIL-Lo or PHEE-Lo?

lesliemarion Says:


Philo does not relate to phyllo dough. It is a dapper name!

SimoneKadele Says:


This is growing on me!!

fivebabymen Says:


If you look up the pronunciation of Phyllo dough, it's actually FEE-lo. Philo is FI-lo. They're two different words. I'm in love with the name Philo!