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Origin & Meaning

The name Philip is of Greek and English origin.

The meaning of Philip is "lover of horses".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 389 in baby name popularity for boys with 791 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Philip Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Philip has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Philip to other names.


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Related Names

Philip is a form of the name Philippos.

Variants of the name Philip include Philipe, Phillip.

The names Felipe, Filib, Filip, Filipe, Filipp, Filippo, Filippus, Fulop, Philipa, Philipp, Philippe, Philippus, Pilib, Pilipo, Piripi, Pylyp are all forms of Philip.

Philip has the diminutives (nicknames) Phil, Pip.

Other Tidbits

Philip falls into the name categories animal, classic.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Philip in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Philip.

Just for fun, see the name Philip in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Philip in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.