Philip

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Philip

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Phil"ip
The European hedge sparrow.The house sparrow. Called also phip.

Etymology: So called from their notes

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  1. Englishman and husband of Elizabeth II (born 1921)
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Φίλιππος (Phílippos), name of ancient kings of Macedonia, from φίλιππος (phílippos, “fond of horses”), from φιλέω (philéō, “I love”) + ἵππος (híppos, “horse”).

  1. One of the twelve disciples of Jesus in the Bible; one of the seven deacons.
  2. A male given name.
  3. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

Philip was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Philip

Sir Anthony Hopkins is an actor, composer, and painter. He has been prominent since 1960. Anthony was given the name Philip Anthony Hopkins on December 31st, 1937 in Margam, Glamorgan, Wales.

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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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Philip K. Dick was a science fiction, paranoid fiction, and philosophical fiction writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to 1982. Philip was given the name Philip Kindred Dick on December 16th, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He left this life on March 2nd, 1982.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was an actor, producer, and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to 2014. Philip was given the name Philip Hoffman on July 23rd, 1967 in Fairport, New York, U.S. He died on February 2nd, 2014.

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Philip II was royalty. He has had major accomplishments since 1554. Philip was born as the child of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and Isabella of Portugal on May 21st, 1527 in Valladolid, Spain. He passed away on September 13th, 1598.

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Mickey Rourke is an actor, boxer, screenwriter, music supervisor, and boxing. He was most prominent from 1979 to 1979. Mickey was given the name Philip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16th, 1952 in Schenectady, New York, US. Mickey is also known as Eddie Cook.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Philip

Prince Philip is royalty. He holds the title Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of Edinburgh(more). He was most active from 1952 to present. Prince was born as the child of Prince Andrew of Greece, Denmark, and Princess Alice of Battenberg on June 10th, 1921 in Mon Repos, Corfu.

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Prince Carl Philip is royalty. He holds the title Prince of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, Prince ofSweden, and Duke ofVärmland. Prince was born as the child of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden on May 13th, 1979 in Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Sneha Anne Philip was a physician. Sneha was born on October 7th, 1969 in Kerala. They left this life on September 11th, 2001.

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Shakka is an independent music, alternative rock, pop music, soul music, and dub music singing, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Shakka was given the name Shakka Philip on May 16th, 1989.

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Philip was royalty. He holds the title Duke of Savoy, Counts, and dukes of Savoy. Philip was born as the child of Louis, Duke of Savoy, and Anne of Cyprus on February 5th, 1438 in Chambéry. He left this life on November 7th, 1497.

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Charles III Philip was royalty. He holds the title Elector Palatine and Elector of the Palatinate. He was most active from 1716 to 1742. Charles was born as the child of Philip William, Elector Palatine, and Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt on November 4th, 1661 in Neuburg an der Donau. He died on December 31st, 1742.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 186 0 186 #81 boy name
1881 156 0 156 #84 boy name
1882 182 0 182 #87 boy name
1883 166 0 166 #84 boy name
1884 161 0 161 #96 boy name
1885 163 0 163 #89 boy name
1886 187 0 187 #87 boy name
1887 161 0 161 #95 boy name
1888 196 0 196 #90 boy name
1889 183 0 183 #95 boy name
1890 192 0 192 #88 boy name
1891 198 0 198 #80 boy name
1892 239 0 239 #83 boy name
1893 208 0 208 #91 boy name
1894 214 0 214 #91 boy name
1895 211 0 211 #90 boy name
1896 224 6 218 #92 boy name
1897 200 0 200 #89 boy name
1898 244 0 244 #86 boy name
1899 223 0 223 #83 boy name
1900 259 0 259 #94 boy name
1901 232 0 232 #84 boy name
1902 226 0 226 #90 boy name
1903 250 0 250 #85 boy name
1904 266 0 266 #85 boy name
1905 234 0 234 #96 boy name
1906 280 0 280 #85 boy name
1907 356 0 356 #76 boy name
1908 319 0 319 #86 boy name
1909 401 6 395 #78 boy name
1910 425 7 418 #83 boy name
1911 612 0 612 #69 boy name
1912 1,237 0 1,237 #69 boy name
1913 1,492 8 1,484 #69 boy name
1914 1,870 0 1,870 #68 boy name
1915 2,337 9 2,328 #69 boy name
1916 2,417 7 2,410 #70 boy name
1917 2,552 8 2,544 #66 boy name
1918 2,745 13 2,732 #71 boy name
1919 2,537 6 2,531 #72 boy name
1920 2,713 13 2,700 #71 boy name
1921 2,713 11 2,702 #72 boy name
1922 2,784 15 2,769 #70 boy name
1923 2,801 17 2,784 #70 boy name
1924 2,933 12 2,921 #71 boy name
1925 2,686 10 2,676 #75 boy name
1926 2,725 19 2,706 #70 boy name
1927 2,705 25 2,680 #74 boy name
1928 2,746 19 2,727 #73 boy name
1929 2,621 17 2,604 #76 boy name
1930 2,672 19 2,653 #75 boy name
1931 2,659 10 2,649 #71 boy name
1932 2,638 15 2,623 #70 boy name
1933 2,541 13 2,528 #70 boy name
1934 2,790 5 2,785 #69 boy name
1935 3,067 5 3,062 #65 boy name
1936 3,049 15 3,034 #63 boy name
1937 3,175 15 3,160 #62 boy name
1938 3,183 10 3,173 #64 boy name
1939 3,185 13 3,172 #66 boy name
1940 3,683 7 3,676 #60 boy name
1941 4,174 9 4,165 #52 boy name
1942 4,613 12 4,601 #54 boy name
1943 4,487 14 4,473 #57 boy name
1944 3,994 0 3,994 #60 boy name
1945 4,122 13 4,109 #58 boy name
1946 5,107 14 5,093 #61 boy name
1947 6,246 9 6,237 #57 boy name
1948 6,173 12 6,161 #54 boy name
1949 6,244 17 6,227 #54 boy name
1950 6,086 12 6,074 #53 boy name
1951 6,105 8 6,097 #55 boy name
1952 6,165 9 6,156 #60 boy name
1953 6,283 9 6,274 #62 boy name
1954 6,283 5 6,278 #62 boy name
1955 6,168 12 6,156 #62 boy name
1956 6,109 0 6,109 #64 boy name
1957 6,028 17 6,011 #68 boy name
1958 5,830 9 5,821 #67 boy name
1959 5,873 18 5,855 #68 boy name
1960 5,523 10 5,513 #76 boy name
1961 5,307 19 5,288 #79 boy name
1962 5,079 10 5,069 #81 boy name
1963 4,776 17 4,759 #83 boy name
1964 4,987 13 4,974 #76 boy name
1965 4,290 10 4,280 #87 boy name
1966 3,969 12 3,957 #86 boy name
1967 3,809 16 3,793 #82 boy name
1968 3,639 20 3,619 #82 boy name
1969 3,558 13 3,545 #86 boy name
1970 3,535 18 3,517 #92 boy name
1971 3,321 16 3,305 #94 boy name
1972 2,787 10 2,777
1973 3,014 15 2,999 #91 boy name
1974 2,992 18 2,974 #86 boy name
1975 3,028 20 3,008 #85 boy name
1976 2,968 20 2,948 #89 boy name
1977 3,107 16 3,091 #90 boy name
1978 3,321 19 3,302 #84 boy name
1979 3,485 22 3,463 #83 boy name
1980 3,582 20 3,562 #82 boy name
1981 3,609 30 3,579 #84 boy name
1982 3,666 25 3,641 #79 boy name
1983 3,504 19 3,485 #82 boy name
1984 3,536 19 3,517 #81 boy name
1985 3,771 36 3,735 #84 boy name
1986 3,685 25 3,660 #86 boy name
1987 3,859 22 3,837 #84 boy name
1988 3,394 21 3,373 #94 boy name
1989 3,335 15 3,320
1990 3,151 10 3,141
1991 2,758 10 2,748
1992 2,439 5 2,434
1993 2,270 0 2,270
1994 1,903 7 1,896
1995 1,757 0 1,757
1996 1,730 5 1,725
1997 1,661 0 1,661
1998 1,498 0 1,498
1999 1,325 0 1,325
2000 1,311 0 1,311
2001 1,221 0 1,221
2002 1,200 0 1,200
2003 1,073 0 1,073
2004 1,017 0 1,017
2005 993 0 993
2006 907 0 907
2007 879 0 879
2008 815 0 815
2009 763 0 763
2010 697 0 697
2011 696 0 696
2012 714 0 714
2013 767 0 767
2014 796 0 796
2015 704 0 704
2016 709 0 709

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Popularity of Philip as a first name

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Popularity of Philip as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Philip U.S.
  White 29.97% 64.26%
  African American 15.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 49.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.46% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Philip

People with the last name Philip are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Philip

  • How Popular is the name Philip? Philip is the 203rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Philip was the 5,910th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Philip have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 339,290 babies born with the first name Philip in the United States. That's more than enough people named Philip to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Philip? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 186 new born babies.
  • When was Philip first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Philip is Tuesday, May 18th, 1813.
  • What year had the most people named Philip born? The highest recorded use of the first name Philip was in 1954 with a total of 6,278 babies. That's a lot of babies named Philip!
  • Random Philip Factoid: According to the 1958 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Philip ranks 40th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 141 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1958.
  • Weird things about the name Philip: Your name in reverse order is Pilihp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ppilih. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Philip? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,832 people with the last name Philip.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Philip? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Philip as their last name.

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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