Given Name PHILIP

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: FIL-ip (English), FEE-lip (Dutch)   [details]

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Φιλιππος (Philippos) which means "friend of horses", composed of the elements φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse". This was the name of five kings of Macedon, including Philip II the father of Alexander the Great. The name appears in the New Testament belonging to two people who are regarded as saints. First, one of the twelve apostles, and second, an early figure in the Christian church known as Philip the Deacon.

This name was initially more common among Eastern Christians, though it came to the West by the Middle Ages. It was borne by six kings of France and five kings of Spain. It was regularly used in England during the Middle Ages, although the Spanish king Philip II, who attempted an invasion of England, helped make it less common by the 17th century. It was revived in the English-speaking world in the 19th century. Famous bearers include the Elizabethan courtier and poet Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) and the American science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick (1928-1982).

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VARIANTS: Phillip (English), Filip (Swedish), Filip (Norwegian), Filip (Danish), Filip, Filippus (Dutch)
DIMINUTIVES: Phil, Pip (English), Flip (Dutch)
FEMININE FORMS: Philipa, Phillipa, Pip, Pippa (English), Philippa (English (British)), Filippa (Swedish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Philippos (Ancient Greek), Philippos (Biblical Greek), Philippus (Biblical Latin), Filip (Bulgarian), Felip (Catalan), Filip (Croatian), Filip (Czech), Filip, Vilppu (Finnish), Philippe (French), Philipp (German), Filippos (Greek), Filip, Fülöp (Hungarian), Pilib (Irish), Filippo (Italian), Filips (Latvian), Pilypas (Lithuanian), Filip (Macedonian), Piripi (Maori), Filip (Polish), Filipe (Portuguese), Felipe, Felipinho (Portuguese (Brazilian)), Filip (Romanian), Filipp (Russian), Filib (Scottish), Filip (Serbian), Filip (Slovak), Filip (Slovene), Felipe (Spanish), Pylyp (Ukrainian)
  United States
2016
  Canada (BC)
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2015
  Denmark
2015
  England and Wales
2015
  France
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2015
  Netherlands
2016
  Northern Ireland
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2015
  Norway
2015
  Switzerland
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2013