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Phil

First Name
20k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
142
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Phil

"Phil" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Lover of horses". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

Shortened from Philip, from Ancient Greek Φίλιππος (Phílippos), which see for more information.

  1. A short form of the male given name Philip.
  2. (rare) A short form of the female given names Philippa and Philomena.

    Phil was also found in the following language(s): French

    Notable Persons Named Phil

    Phil Collins is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, audio engineer, author, and actor. He holds the title Dance on a Volcano", In the Air Tonight", Against All Odds", and Another Day in Paradise". His most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to 2011. Phil was given the name Philip David Charles Collins on January 30th, 1951 in Chiswick, Middlesex, England.

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    Phil Spector is a record producer, songwriter, and session musician. He plays Guitar, Piano, and Vocals. He holds the title Be My Baby" single. He was most active from 1958 to 1966. Phil was given the name Harvey Phillip Spector on December 26th, 1939 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. Phil is also known as Phil Harvey.

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    Phil McGraw is a presenter and television host. Phil was given the name Phillip Calvin McGraw on September 1st, 1950 in Vinita, Oklahoma, U.S.

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    Phil Hartman was an actor, voice actor, comedian, graphic artist, and screenwriter. His career lasted from 1975 to 1998. Phil was given the name Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24th, 1948 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He left this life on May 28th, 1998.

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    Phil Knight is a chairman of nike, inc., nike, and chairman ofnike. Phil was given the name Philip Hampson Knight by his parent William W. Knight (publisher) on February 24th, 1938 in Portland, Oregon.

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    Phil Jackson is a basketball player for the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 1967 to 1980. Phil was born on September 17th, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Phil

    UFO Phil is a singer, performance artist, abductee, performance art, and alien abduction claimants. UFO is also known as Phil Hill.

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    How popular is the baby name Phil in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 12 0 12
    1881 18 0 18
    1882 13 0 13
    1883 23 0 23
    1884 19 0 19
    1885 14 0 14
    1886 18 0 18
    1887 16 0 16
    1888 17 0 17
    1889 19 0 19
    1890 21 0 21
    1891 16 0 16
    1892 20 0 20
    1893 15 0 15
    1894 19 0 19
    1895 15 0 15
    1896 17 0 17
    1897 23 0 23
    1898 19 0 19
    1899 14 0 14
    1900 22 0 22
    1901 21 0 21
    1902 23 0 23
    1903 20 0 20
    1904 21 0 21
    1905 21 0 21
    1906 18 0 18
    1907 23 0 23
    1908 26 0 26
    1909 23 0 23
    1910 32 0 32
    1911 29 0 29
    1912 62 5 57
    1913 73 0 73
    1914 101 0 101
    1915 120 0 120
    1916 108 0 108
    1917 133 0 133
    1918 155 0 155
    1919 130 0 130
    1920 130 0 130
    1921 157 0 157
    1922 136 0 136
    1923 163 7 156
    1924 161 7 154
    1925 140 0 140
    1926 161 6 155
    1927 174 6 168
    1928 158 5 153
    1929 157 0 157
    1930 185 0 185
    1931 207 0 207
    1932 217 0 217
    1933 210 0 210
    1934 271 0 271
    1935 264 0 264
    1936 285 0 285
    1937 290 0 290
    1938 310 0 310
    1939 332 0 332
    1940 354 0 354
    1941 392 0 392
    1942 404 0 404
    1943 421 5 416
    1944 407 0 407
    1945 392 5 387
    1946 543 0 543
    1947 660 0 660
    1948 574 0 574
    1949 443 5 438
    1950 360 0 360
    1951 290 0 290
    1952 261 6 255
    1953 258 0 258
    1954 242 6 236
    1955 296 0 296
    1956 334 0 334
    1957 495 0 495
    1958 585 5 580
    1959 676 0 676
    1960 632 5 627
    1961 631 0 631
    1962 614 0 614
    1963 474 0 474
    1964 479 0 479
    1965 359 0 359
    1966 271 0 271
    1967 210 0 210
    1968 192 0 192
    1969 195 0 195
    1970 155 0 155
    1971 144 0 144
    1972 120 0 120
    1973 81 0 81
    1974 63 0 63
    1975 69 0 69
    1976 76 0 76
    1977 64 0 64
    1978 54 0 54
    1979 61 0 61
    1980 48 0 48
    1981 68 0 68
    1982 56 0 56
    1983 44 0 44
    1984 35 0 35
    1985 30 0 30
    1986 43 0 43
    1987 39 0 39
    1988 46 0 46
    1989 47 0 47
    1990 39 0 39
    1991 47 0 47
    1992 35 0 35
    1993 32 0 32
    1994 39 0 39
    1995 22 0 22
    1996 35 0 35
    1997 24 0 24
    1998 24 0 24
    1999 18 0 18
    2000 24 0 24
    2001 19 0 19
    2002 21 0 21
    2003 16 0 16
    2004 18 0 18
    2005 25 0 25
    2006 18 0 18
    2007 20 0 20
    2008 23 0 23
    2009 14 0 14
    2010 8 0 8
    2011 8 0 8
    2012 17 0 17
    2013 16 0 16
    2014 12 0 12
    2015 17 0 17
    2016 15 0 15

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    Popularity of Phil as a first name

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    Popularity of Phil as a last name

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    Common last names for Phil

    • Smith
    • Davis
    • Harris
    • Williams
    • Jones
    • Miller
    • Phillips
    • Martin
    • Baker
    • Brown
    • Thomas
    • Hall
    • Collins
    • Turner

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Phil U.S.
      White 78.17% 64.26%
      African American 10.56% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.04% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Phil

    People with the last name Phil are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Phil

    • How Popular is the name Phil? Phil is the 1,668th most popular name of all time. As a last name Phil was the 121,590th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Phil have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20,010 babies born with the first name Phil in the United States. That's more than enough people named Phil to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Phil? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
    • When was Phil first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Phil is Sunday, December 25th, 1870.
    • What year had the most people named Phil born? The highest recorded use of the first name Phil was in 1959 with a total of 676 babies.
    • Random Phil Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Phil ranks 104th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 13 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1939.
    • Weird things about the name Phil: Your name in reverse order is Lihp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hlip. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Phil? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 142 people with the last name Phil.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Phil? Phil is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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