Philip - boys name

Philip name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 93%

Philip name meaning:

The name Philip is of Greek origin and carries a rich historical and cultural significance. Derived from the Greek name "Philippos," it is composed of elements "philos" meaning "friend" or "lover," and "hippos" meaning "horse." As such, Philip can be interpreted to mean "lover of horses" or "friend of horses."

The name Philip has been borne by several notable figures throughout history, including kings, emperors, and religious leaders, further contributing to its prominence. One of the most well-known bearers of the name is Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. This association adds a layer of strength and royal connotations to the name.

In terms of personality traits, individuals with the name Philip are often described as friendly, loyal, and trustworthy. They possess a natural affinity for building strong connections with others, emphasizing the "friend" aspect of the name's meaning. Additionally, the name Philip is often associated with determination, leadership, and a strong sense of responsibility, reflecting the historical figures who have carried this name.

Origin: Biblical

Warlike, a lover of horses.


Saints names, Dickens names, Victorian names

Related names

Philip , Felippe, Filip , Filippio, Philippa , Phillippa, Pip

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Overall UK ranking: 339 out of 4789

134 recorded births last year

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  • Scotland (316)

Historical popularity of Philip

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