User comments for Phyllis (Famous Bearer Only)

Phyllis Diller is an actress/comedienne known for her many ex-husbands.
breakofday  12/16/2005
Phyllis Diller almost single handedly destroyed the popularity of the name. With her fright wigs she gave the name a negative connotation even though she was a talented comedian.
macgregor  6/10/2006
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the author of the beloved Alice series and other books like Jade Green, etc. She's a really great writer.
pei_yC  6/26/2006
Phyllis was the name of the youngest child in the "Railway Children" by E. Nesbit.
emeraldstar  6/29/2006
A famous bearer was Phillis Wheatley, an African American poet who is credited with starting both the African American and Women's literary movements in the US.
Bethany  12/17/2006
Phyllis Smith plays Phyllis Lapin Vance on the show "The Office."
Liesl  1/21/2011
The late beautiful R&B singer Phyllis Hyman was a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  5/1/2011
Phyllis is the name of a country girl, or rustic maiden, in Virgil's third and fifth Eclogues.

Phyllis is also a character in the poem Colin Clouts Come Home Again, a pastoral poem by the poet Edmund Spenser. Spenser's poem has been called: "The greatest pastoral eclogue in the English language." Spenser presented the poem as a gift to Sir Walter Raleigh.

Phyllis was the name of a shepherdess who appeared in Gilbert's Iolanthe.

"Fair Phyllis I saw, Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone" is also an English madrigal by John Farmer, which was published in 1599. In Farmer's song, the singer describes a person who saw a young shepherdess sitting alone feeding her sheep near a mountain. The other shepherds did not know where she was at the time. Her lover, Amyntas, goes looking for her and wanders through the hills playing hide and seek. Eventually he finds her, and when he does, they kiss.

One version of the lyrics is as follows:

Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone
Feeding her flock near to the mountain side.
The shepherds knew not,
They knew not whither she was gone,
But after her lover Amyntas hurried.
Up and down he wandered
Whilst she was missing;
When he found her,
O then they fell a-kissing.

Amyntas is a Greek name which means "defender."

Philis schoone Herderin ('Phyllis, beautiful shepherdess') is the title of a musical score by composer Jacob Van Eyck. Van Eyck was a Dutch nobleman and musician who lived between 1590 and 1657. Jacob van Eyck's most famous composition was the Der Fluyten Lust-hof (The Flute's Garden of Delights, or The Flute's Pleasure Garden). Editions of this work appeared in 1644, 1646, 1649, 1654, and 1656. Der Fluyten Lust-hof is a very extensive collection of solo pieces for the soprano recorder. The pieces are varied and include folk songs, dance tunes, church works, Psalms, and songs of the day. They are considered challenging even for an experienced recorder player.

In the United States, the long-running newspaper comic strip, Gasoline Alley, debuted in 1918. The primary character of the newspaper strip was Walt Wallet. On February 14, 1921, Walt found a baby which had been left on his doorstep. The baby was named Skeezix. In the meantime, Walt made the acquaintance of a helpful neighbor, named Phyllis Blossom. In 1926, Walt married his neighbor, Phyllis Blossom and other children soon joined Skeezix in the Wallet family. Gasoline Alley was one of the few newspaper comic strips which showed the main characters aging in real time. For example, Skeezix grew up and served in the military during World War II. Phyllis Blossom Wallet cashed in her chips on April 26, 2004. Following her death, Walt and Skeezix discovered that Phyllis was the biological sister of Skeezix's biological mother. Skeezix's mother had asked her sister, Phyllis Blossom, to keep watch over her little boy, whom she had left on the doorstep of Phyllis's bachelor neighbor, Walt Wallet. So it had never been "by chance" that Phyllis Blossom had become acquainted with her bachelor neighbor, Walt Wallet!
LoisG  5/18/2011

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