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 "Chance/Quiz Naming Game! 6 Kids.".
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.