Pronounced Pron. FIL-ee-əs (Literature)
Other Forms FormsPhiléas (French)
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Contributor Contrib.Vani Joy on 8/4/2014
Originally a short form of a Greek name beginning with the element φιλος (philos) "friend". This was the name of an early saint, a 3rd-century bishop of the Egyptian city of Thmuis. It has been in use as a rare given name in the English-speaking world from as early as the late 17th century, used primarily by Catholics in honour of the saint. Jules Verne used it for the protagonist (Phileas Fogg, an Englishman) in his novel 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1873).