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Gender: Female Meaning of Phyllida: "green bough" Origin of Phyllida: Greek variation of Phyllis

The name Phyllida is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "green bough". Phyllida and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Harry Potter House Sorting Name Game".

From the experts:

Phyllida, a "Masterpiece Theatre"-style appellation, seems far fresher and more unusual than Phyllis.

It's a name used by sixteenth century poets and writers: Lyly has a character named Phyllida in his 1592 play Galathea, and there is a poem of the same period called Phyllida and Corydon.

The distinguished Scottish actress Phyllida Law is the mother of actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson; Phyllida Lloyd directed such films as Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady.

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Famous People Named Phyllida

Phyllida Crowley Smith, English ballerina
Phyllida Law, Scottish actress
Phyllida Lloyd, British director

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