Philip (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈfɪlp/
Gender Male
Name day May 26
Word/name Greek: Φίλιππος
Meaning "fond of horses"
Other names
Related names Filipe, 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 rich 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), and also has many diminutive (or hypocoristic forms) including Phill, Flip, Feli, 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)).

Philip in other languages[edit]

  • Arabic: فيليب (Felib), فيلبس, فيليبوس
  • Armenian: Փիլիպպոս (Pʿilippos)
  • Belarusian: Філіп, піліп (Filip, Pilip)
  • Bengali: ফিলিপ (Philipa)
  • Bulgarian: Филип
  • Cantonese: 菲臘 (Fei lip)
  • Catalan: Felip
  • Celtic: Fulup
  • Chinese: 腓力 (Féilì)
  • Chinese: 菲利普 (Fēilìpǔ)
  • Croatian: Filip
  • Czech: Filip
  • Danish: Filip
  • Dutch: Filip
  • Esperanto: Filipo
  • Finnish: Vilppu
  • French: Philippe
  • Ganda: Filipu
  • Georgian: ფილიპ (P’ilip)
  • German: Philipp
  • Greek: Φίλιππος (Phílippos)
  • Gujarati: ફિલિપ (Philipa)
  • Hawaiian: Pilipo
  • Hebrew: פיליפ
  • Hindi: फिलिप (Philipa)
  • Hungarian: Fülöp
  • Irish: Pilib, Feidhlim
  • Italian: Filippo
  • Japanese: フィリップ (Firippu)
  • Korean: 빌립 (Pillip)
  • Latin: Philippus
  • Latvian: Filips
  • Lithuanian: Pilypas
  • Macedonian: Филип
  • Malayalam: ഫിലിപ്പൊസ് (Philippose)
  • Maltese: Pinu
  • Maori: Piripi
  • Occitan: Felip
  • Poitevin: Félipe
  • Polish: Filip
  • Portuguese: Filipe
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): Felipe
  • Romanian: Filip
  • Russian: Филипп (Filipp)
  • Samoan: Filipo
  • Serbian: Филип (Filip)
  • Slovak: Filip
  • Slovenian: Filip
  • Spanish: Felipe
  • Swahili: Felipo
  • Swedish: Filip
  • Ukrainian: Пилип (Pylyp)

Kings of Macedon[edit]

Other Philips of antiquity[edit]

Kings of France[edit]

Counts and Dukes of Savoy[edit]

Dukes of Burgundy[edit]

Kings of Castile & Spain[edit]

Kings of Portugal[edit]

Kings of Navarre[edit]

Other rulers and royalty[edit]

Other notable Philips[edit]

Used as a surname[edit]

  • Arthur Phillip (1738–1814), Australian admiral and governor of New South Wales, Australia
  • Emanuel L. Philipp (1861–1925), American politician and governor of the US state of Wisconsin
  • Mary Phillip (born 1967), English football player
  • Dr John Philip (1775–1851), Scottish missionary in South Africa
  • Emo Philips, American comedian
  • Dr Bilal Philips (born 7 January 1947), Islamic scholar, teacher, speaker, and author

Fictional characters[edit]


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