Name: Philip

Origin and Meaning of the Name Philip

  • Meaning:
    Lover of horses
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  • Pronunciation:
    (FIL ip); (FEE lip); (fee LEEP)
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Miscellaneous Info for Philip

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    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Anglicised version of the Greek name Philippos.

    St Philip was one of the twelve disciples.

    Philip has long been used as a name in the ruling classes, from the Kings of Macedon (Philip II was the father of Alexander the Great) to Prince Philip, the husband of Elizabeth II, queen of England. Notable Philips include Philip VI of France, the first king of France from the house of Valois, who entered into the Hundred Years War with England, and Philip II of Spain.

    Other famous Philips include authors Philip Pullman, Philip K Dick and Philip Roth. Philip Glass is an American composer, Philip Larkin was an English poet and Philip Seymour Hoffman is an actor.

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