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ScriptsΦυλλις Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.FIL-!s English

Meaning & History

Means "foliage" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a woman who killed herself out of love for Demophon and was subsequently transformed into an almond tree. It began to be used as a given name in England in the 16th century, though it was often confused with Felicia.
VariantsPhillis, Phyliss, Philis English


Phyllis and Demophon by John William Waterhouse (1907)Phyllis and Demophon by John William Waterhouse (1907)


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