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Subject: Re: Real name?
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: March 29, 2009 at 7:14:17 AM
Reply to: Real name? by Dracotorix
It seems to be quite easy to find examples of women named Philline on Google in contexts where it's unlikely people are using pseudonyms. For example:

There are examples on Ancestry Library of women listed as Philline or Philine back to the middle of the 19th century at least in the census records of both Canada and the USA. Early on the name seems to have been somewhat associated with French Canadians. Today it seems to be associated with the Phillipines and Filipino-Americans, who probably are attracted to it out of cultural pride.

So yes, it's a real name, and is probably best explained as simply being a telescoped form of Philippine. (A couple of the early census examples are of women who are listed in other records as Philippine or Philippina.)

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