Philip (name)

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Name dayMay 26
Word/nameGreek: Φίλιππος
Meaning"fond of horses"
Other names
Related namesFilipe, Filippo

Philip is a given name, derived from the Greek Φίλιππος (Philippos, lit. "horse-loving" or "fond of horses"[1][2]), from a compound of φίλος (phílos, "dear", "loved", "loving") and ἵππος (hippos, "horse"). In Ancient Greece, the ownership of horses was available only to those wealthy enough to afford them. Thus, "lover of horses" can also be understood as "noble".[citation needed] Prominent Philips who popularized the name include kings of Macedonia and one of the apostles of early Christianity.

Philip has many alternative spellings, many of them with two Ls (such as Phillips, mostly found as a surname). It was also found during ancient Greek times with two Ps as Philippides and Philippos. It has many diminutive (or hypocoristic forms) including Flip, Philly, Lip, Pip, Pep or Peps, and Pippo. There are also feminine forms such as Philippine, Philippa. Additionally, there is also; Philippe (from the French name, e.g. Philippe de Gueldres (Philippa of Guelders)).

Kings of Macedon[edit]

Other Philips of antiquity[edit]

King of Belgium[edit]

Kings of France[edit]

Counts and Dukes of Savoy[edit]

Dukes of Burgundy[edit]

Kings of Castile and Spain[edit]

Kings of Portugal[edit]

Kings of Navarre[edit]

Other rulers and royalty[edit]

First name[edit]


Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ Liddell, Henry George & al. "Φίλιππος"
  2. ^ "Philip". Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper. 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-14.