Phillip - boys name

Phillip name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 74%

Phillip name meaning:

The name Phillip is of Greek origin and holds significant historical and biblical background. Derived from the Greek name Philippos, it is composed of two elements: "philein," meaning "to love," and "hippos," meaning "horse." As a result, Phillip can be interpreted to mean "lover of horses" or "friend of horses."

In ancient Greece, horses were highly regarded as symbols of power, strength, and nobility. As a name, Phillip embodies these attributes and may suggest qualities such as loyalty, determination, and leadership. In addition to its Greek roots, the name Phillip is also associated with various notable figures throughout history, including several kings and saints. This further enhances its significance, connecting the name to qualities like wisdom, righteousness, and devotion.

Parents who choose the name Phillip for their son may be drawn to its strong and timeless qualities, as well as its connection to history and classical culture. The name carries an air of sophistication and elegance, while also evoking a sense of strength and honor.

Origin: English

Fond of horses. One of the biblical 12 apostles.

Related names

Phillip , Felipe , Filipa, Phil

Other boys names beginning with P


Overall UK ranking: 1250 out of 4789

21 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (1265)

Historical popularity of Phillip

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