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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Philemon

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  1. A New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
  2. (New Testament) a Christian (probably living in Colossae) whose slave escaped and went to see Saint Paul
  3. (Greek mythology) a simple countryman who offered hospitality to Zeus and Hermes when they came to earth without revealing their identities in order to test people's piety
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Φιλήμων (Philḗmōn), from φιλήμων (philḗmōn, “kindly, affectionate”), from φιλέω (philéō, “I love”)

  1. The eighteenth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the epistle of Saint Paul to a fellow Christian called Philemon.
  2. A male given name, rather rare.

Philemon was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Philemon

Philémon Yang Muna is a Prime Minister of Cameroon. Philémon was born on June 14th, 1947 in British Cameroons.

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Philemon was born in 1552 in Chelmsford. He died in 1637.

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Philemon Dickinson was an office holder. Philemon was born on April 5th, 1739 in Trappe, Maryland. He passed away on February 4th, 1809.

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Philemon Bliss was a congressman. He was most prominent from 1855 to 1859. Philemon was born on July 28th, 1813 in Canton, Connecticut. He left this life on August 25th, 1889.

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Philemon the actor is a saint.

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Philemon Beecher was an office holder. Philemon was born on March 19th, 1776 in Oxford, Connecticut. He breathed his last breath on November 30th, 1839.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Philemon

Bart was born in 1945.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1916 9 0 9
1917 11 0 11
1919 7 0 7
1920 7 0 7
1921 6 0 6
1922 10 0 10
1923 9 0 9
1924 6 0 6
1925 6 0 6
1926 5 0 5
1927 6 0 6
1928 9 0 9
1929 5 0 5
1930 5 0 5
1932 6 0 6
1935 5 0 5
1936 8 0 8
1937 6 0 6
1938 5 0 5
1940 5 0 5
1941 8 0 8
1942 5 0 5
1943 6 0 6
1944 6 0 6
1946 5 0 5
1948 6 0 6
1949 8 0 8
1950 9 0 9
1951 6 0 6
1952 8 0 8
1953 8 0 8
1954 5 0 5
1955 9 0 9
1957 7 0 7
1958 5 0 5
1959 10 0 10
1961 8 0 8
1962 7 0 7
1963 5 0 5
1964 6 0 6
1965 10 0 10
1966 8 0 8
1968 8 0 8
1969 16 0 16
1970 10 0 10
1971 8 0 8
1972 7 0 7
1973 10 0 10
1975 12 0 12
1976 10 0 10
1977 14 0 14
1978 14 0 14
1979 7 0 7
1980 17 0 17
1981 9 0 9
1982 8 0 8
1983 9 0 9
1984 7 0 7
1985 11 0 11
1986 6 0 6
1987 9 0 9
1988 13 0 13
1989 9 0 9
1990 11 0 11
1991 13 0 13
1992 12 0 12
1993 9 0 9
1994 10 0 10
1995 8 0 8
1996 14 0 14
1997 10 0 10
1998 12 0 12
1999 7 0 7
2000 12 0 12
2001 10 0 10
2003 11 0 11
2004 11 0 11
2005 17 0 17
2006 7 0 7
2007 11 0 11
2008 16 0 16
2009 13 0 13
2010 10 0 10
2011 9 0 9
2012 16 0 16
2013 10 0 10
2014 15 0 15
2015 15 0 15
2016 16 0 16
2017 24 0 24

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Popularity of Philemon as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Philemon U.S.
  White 46.09% 64.26%
  African American 44.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.16% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.78% 16.26%

Of Last Name Philemon

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

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Fun Facts about the name Philemon

  • How Popular is the name Philemon? Philemon is the 11,850th most popular name of all time. As a last name Philemon was the 39,164th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Philemon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 834 babies born with the first name Philemon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Philemon to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Philemon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Philemon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Philemon is Wednesday, March 1st, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Philemon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Philemon was in 2017 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Random Philemon Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Philemon is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Philemon: Your name in reverse order is Nomelihp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hlnomeip. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Philemon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 562 people with the last name Philemon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Philemon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Philemon as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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