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Quick Facts on Phillip

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 364
Simple meaning:
Lover of horses

Characteristics of Phillip

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Phillip

Phillip is a spelling variant of Philip. When spelled with two “L”s Phillip is more akin to the surname version of this name. Philip comes from the masculine Greek personal name Phílippos, from the components “philein” meaning ‘to love’ and “hippos” meaning ‘horse’. Therefore, the name Phillip is defined as ‘lover of horses’. This old Greek name has been popular since antiquity. It was borne by the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II of Macedon, in the 4th century B.C. In the classical period of ancient Greece, when horses proved vital, Philip was a name shared by scores of men, from army generals to philosophers, from astronomers to kings of Macedon, from statesmen to poets and from historians to Emperors. From a religious perspective, Philip the Apostle was one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles and Philip the Evangelist was an enthusiastic spreader of Christianity. In medieval times, Philip was a name shared by several of kings of France, Spain, and Portugal, not to mention other royals throughout Europe. Indeed, Philip has been a long enduring name with illustrious examples of men throughout 2500 years of history. Other versions of the name include: Philippos (Ancient Greek), Philippus (Ancient Latin), Philip (English), Philippe (French), Filippo (Italian), and Felipe (Spanish/Portuguese). The English feminine equivalent is Philippa (Pippa).

Popularity of the Name Phillip

The traditional English spelling of Philip (with one “L”) was always the more popular choice until 1960 when Phillip (with two “L”s) prevailed. Phillip has now been the more preferred spelling for 50 years. Both Philip and Phillip have had very similar rides on the male naming charts. That is to say, both have been hugely successful until the 1990s and into this new century. Phillip has taken a significant drop in usage in the past 20 years (nearly 300 positions on the charts). Phillip is now given to about one-fifth the number of boys it was a mere two decades ago. After nearly 2500 years on the list of popular male names, Phil(l)ip is finally retreating to the shadows. This ancient name appears to be outdated and perhaps a little dull amidst the Noah, Ethan and Aidens of the nation. Once a masculine royal staple, you’d have to be a contrarian parent these days to pick an old name like Phillip. Regardless of where he appears on the charts, Phillip is a timeless classic. And a great choice for parents who live on a horse ranch or have a little future cowboy on their hands.
Popularity of the Boy Name Phillip
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Phillip

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Phillip

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Phillip

    Phillip We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Phillip - please see the name Philip with one "L".

  • Popular Songs on Phillip

    Popular Songs on Phillip

    Phillip - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Phillip.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Phillip

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Phillip

    About Phillip (David Casler) - Phillip Maceda discovers he’s a budding track star. Now if he can just figure out his abusive father. About Phillip explores the relationship between a teen and his father. Phillip Maceda is a computer nerd who likes to run for exercise. He’s been talked into joining the Park High track team. He likes to be by himself or with his faithful co-nerd Grant Haven. Phillip is nearly sixteen but wants to have nothing to do with learning to drive, thinking that public transportation is simpler, cheaper, and more ecologically sound. This doesn’t meet with his father’s approval, who insists he learn so he can take turns ferrying his younger brother to and from school. Adding to Phillip’s discomfort at home, he’s being hounded by Matthew Christiansen, a born-again fundamentalist Christian who figures Phillip is a good target for his anti-Mormon diatribes. At least Phillip can find refuge at the Boulder Valley Pet Store, where he works after school. Lance Maceda, Phillip’s father, is a self-made man who proudly runs a retail furniture store in Boulder. Unbeknownst to Phillip, Lance’s store is suffering because the big-box furniture stores in Broomfield are undercutting his prices. Lance’s business is in trouble, and with it the Maceda’s family income. Father and son don’t get along. Lance is hard-charging and by the book. Phillip would really rather stop and smell the flowers along the way. They finally meet head-on, with disastrous results. Recommended for ages 12-16.

    The Cay (Theodore Taylor) - Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand–until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed. When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different, and they live differently.” But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip’s head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Phillip

    Famous People Named Phillip

    Famous People Named Phillip - Phillip Buchanon (football player); Phillip Gonyea (musician); Phillip Hagar Smith (electrical engineer, inventor); Phillip Jack Brooks (aka “CM Punk” wrestler); Phillip E. Johnson (one of the founders of the intelligent design movement); Phillip Noyce (Australian film director); Phillip Schofield (TV presenter); Phillip Whitehead (British politician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Phillip

    Children of Famous People Named Phillip

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Phillip - Bing Crosby (singer/actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Phillip - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Phillip - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Phillip.

Personality of the Boy Name Phillip

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Phillip

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