add to your listSave
PronouncedPron.FIL-ip English
FEE-lip Dutch

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).
VariantsPhillip English Filip Swedish Filip Norwegian Filip Danish Filip, Filippus Dutch
DiminutivesPhil, Pip English Flip Dutch
Feminine FormsPhilippa English (British) Philipa, Phillipa, Pip, Pippa English Filippa Swedish
Other Languages & CulturesPhilippos 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


Bust of Philip II of MacedonBust of Philip II of Macedon


A Song of Ice and Fire characters, actors, animals, apostles, artists, authors, biblical, Bobs Burgers characters, British royal family, Charles Dickens characters, composers, Downton Abbey characters, Fullmetal Alchemist characters, Hamilton, Jane Austen characters, kings, literature, love, Marvel characters, never out of the US top 1000, painters, pharaohs, Philip K Dick characters, poets, princes, saints, scientists, Shakespearean characters, Swedish royal family, television, The Sopranos characters, Thomas and Friends characters, world leaders
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute