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

The name Phyllis is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "green bough". Phyllis and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Phyllis has been used by classical poets for the idealized pastoral maiden. A Greek mythological name of a woman who was turned into an almond tree, Phyllis was in the Top 100 from 1916 to 1958, reaching #24 in 1929, and has the (remote) possibility of joining other revived s-ending names like Iris. In the 'St Clare' book series by Enid Blyton Phyllis is nicknamed Fizz. Just a thought. Phyllida is a variation that sounds at once more old-fashioned and more stylish.

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Famous People Named Phyllis

Phyllis Chesler, American feminist psychologist and author
Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly, American activist and author
Phyllis Coates (born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell), American actress
Phyllis Ayame Whitney, American novelist
Phyllis St. Felix Thaxter, American actress
Phyllis Diller (born Phyllis Ada Driver), American comedienne
Phyllis Calvert (born Phyllis Hannah Bickle), English actress
Phyllis Margaret Logan, Scottish actress
Phyllis Smith, American actress
Phyllis Christine "P.C." Cast, American novelist
Phyllis Linda Hyman, American singer-songwriter and actress
Philomena "Phyllis" Lynott, Irish memoirist

Pop Culture References for the name Phyllis

Phyllis Lapin-Vance, character on TV's "The Office"
Phyllis, Greek mythological wife of Demophon
Phyllis Lindstrom, character on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Phyllis "Bella" Crawford, character on TV's 'Hannibal'
Phyllis Summers Newman, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Phyllis "Fizz" Bentley, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Phyllis, a character in the Disney XD cartoon "Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero"
Phyllis Crane, character from Call the midwife
Phyllis Arable, character in book/film Charlotte's Web

Phyllis's International Variations

Filide (Italian) Filis (Spanish) Phillis, Philis (French)


pam Says:


You're right! I've released Phyllis from the Names No Girl May Be Cool Enough For list.

Dust of the Earth Says:


Wait - how can Phyllis be in both the "Cool Classic Girls' Names" list AND the "Names No Girl May Be Cool Enough For" list???? Come on, Nameberry.

Just on the sound and meaning of the name, I like Phyllis. It's pretty. I understand if people think of it as an "old lady name" though. Growing up, I didn't know any women named Phyllis, but I had an old book originally written in the early 20th century with a cute child character with the name.

Floris Says:


Reminds me too much of "phallisch" (the German word for phallic). But this could be really lovely in a non-German speaking country.

grace147 Says:


same here. Of of the reasons I could never name my child this.

vintageisfave Says:


I can't stop thinking of Phyllis from The Office (U.S) whenever I hear this name...

JazzieJonez Says:


I really like this name. It's honestly a sweet sounding name

Giinkies Says:


There is some high school teasing potential when you add an sy- to the front of this name.