Phillip

First Name
308k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
7k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Phillip

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

Wiktionary

A less common spelling of Philip.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Phillip was also found in the following language(s): Danish and German

Notable Persons Named Phillip

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 LaMarr is an actor, voice actor, and impressionist. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Phil was given the name Phillip LaMarr on January 24th, 1967 in Los Angeles.

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Brad Bird is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, and producer. He was most active from 1979 to present. Brad was given the name Phillip Bradley Bird on September 24th, 1957 in Kalispell, Montana, U.S.

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Phil Donahue is a talk show host and film producer. He was most active from 1957 to present. Phil was given the name Phillip John Donahue on December 21st, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, US.

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Phil Rudd is a hard rock, blues rock, rock, and roll musician. He plays Drum kit, Percussion instrument, Slingerland Drum Company, Paiste, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1972 to 1983. Phil was given the name Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis on May 19th, 1954 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Phillip Schofield is a tv presenter and radio dj. He was most active from 1982 to present. Phillip was given the name Philip Bryan Schofield on April 1st, 1962 in Oldham, Lancashire, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Phillip

Arthur Phillip was an office holder. Arthur was born on October 11th, 1738. He passed away on August 31st, 1814.

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Lee Phillip Bell is a soap opera creator. Lee was given the name Loreley June Phillip on June 10th, 1928 in Chicago.

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Lee Phillip is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2007. Lee was given the name Lee Kwang-hoon on May 26th, 1981 in Washington, D.C.

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Afu-Ra is a hip hop music musician. He was most prominent from 1994 to 1994. Afu-Ra was given the name Aaron Phillip on January 31st, 1974.

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Choi Phillip is an actor. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Choi was given the name Choi Pil-soon on August 18th, 1979 in Seoul.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 75 0 75
1881 84 0 84
1882 103 0 103
1883 92 0 92
1884 89 0 89
1885 87 0 87
1886 94 0 94
1887 80 0 80
1888 116 0 116
1889 78 0 78
1890 80 0 80
1891 74 0 74
1892 104 0 104
1893 81 0 81
1894 110 0 110
1895 90 0 90
1896 89 0 89
1897 82 0 82
1898 86 0 86
1899 88 0 88
1900 127 0 127
1901 78 0 78
1902 87 0 87
1903 92 0 92
1904 127 0 127
1905 127 0 127
1906 122 0 122
1907 124 0 124
1908 131 0 131
1909 146 0 146
1910 167 0 167
1911 212 0 212
1912 306 0 306
1913 369 0 369
1914 537 0 537
1915 628 0 628
1916 723 0 723
1917 723 0 723
1918 734 5 729
1919 747 6 741
1920 840 0 840
1921 921 6 915
1922 924 5 919
1923 851 6 845
1924 905 6 899
1925 954 12 942
1926 1,030 9 1,021
1927 1,056 16 1,040
1928 1,077 0 1,077
1929 1,038 10 1,028
1930 1,183 9 1,174
1931 1,187 10 1,177
1932 1,326 13 1,313
1933 1,334 6 1,328
1934 1,576 0 1,576
1935 1,789 7 1,782
1936 1,845 0 1,845
1937 2,012 7 2,005 #98 boy name
1938 2,163 9 2,154 #95 boy name
1939 2,183 7 2,176 #92 boy name
1940 2,625 0 2,625 #79 boy name
1941 2,879 8 2,871 #77 boy name
1942 3,389 13 3,376 #77 boy name
1943 3,258 8 3,250 #81 boy name
1944 3,009 8 3,001 #83 boy name
1945 3,081 0 3,081 #85 boy name
1946 3,790 13 3,777 #83 boy name
1947 4,798 11 4,787 #74 boy name
1948 5,029 8 5,021 #69 boy name
1949 5,220 17 5,203 #66 boy name
1950 5,078 24 5,054 #64 boy name
1951 4,923 14 4,909 #79 boy name
1952 5,011 11 5,000 #74 boy name
1953 5,111 10 5,101 #76 boy name
1954 5,164 16 5,148 #75 boy name
1955 5,418 16 5,402 #74 boy name
1956 5,441 24 5,417 #76 boy name
1957 5,570 27 5,543 #79 boy name
1958 5,301 21 5,280 #81 boy name
1959 5,612 24 5,588 #74 boy name
1960 6,068 29 6,039 #66 boy name
1961 5,996 22 5,974 #69 boy name
1962 5,916 28 5,888 #68 boy name
1963 5,679 30 5,649 #70 boy name
1964 5,519 18 5,501 #67 boy name
1965 4,913 16 4,897 #70 boy name
1966 4,434 29 4,405 #71 boy name
1967 4,074 22 4,052 #73 boy name
1968 4,004 18 3,986 #72 boy name
1969 4,034 24 4,010 #74 boy name
1970 4,317 36 4,281 #73 boy name
1971 3,877 26 3,851 #76 boy name
1972 3,555 22 3,533 #76 boy name
1973 3,886 25 3,861 #71 boy name
1974 3,965 29 3,936 #70 boy name
1975 3,877 25 3,852 #72 boy name
1976 3,815 25 3,790 #69 boy name
1977 3,990 24 3,966 #70 boy name
1978 4,401 37 4,364 #67 boy name
1979 4,456 32 4,424 #68 boy name
1980 4,674 36 4,638 #65 boy name
1981 4,573 34 4,539 #66 boy name
1982 4,552 32 4,520 #67 boy name
1983 4,504 37 4,467 #66 boy name
1984 4,258 29 4,229 #70 boy name
1985 4,530 39 4,491 #69 boy name
1986 4,739 33 4,706 #70 boy name
1987 4,838 27 4,811 #68 boy name
1988 4,601 26 4,575 #71 boy name
1989 4,745 26 4,719 #75 boy name
1990 4,467 13 4,454 #81 boy name
1991 3,854 7 3,847 #98 boy name
1992 3,382 8 3,374
1993 3,012 10 3,002
1994 2,682 7 2,675
1995 2,517 5 2,512
1996 2,316 8 2,308
1997 2,091 6 2,085
1998 1,887 0 1,887
1999 1,817 0 1,817
2000 1,774 0 1,774
2001 1,715 5 1,710
2002 1,551 0 1,551
2003 1,454 0 1,454
2004 1,323 0 1,323
2005 1,238 5 1,233
2006 1,219 0 1,219
2007 1,175 0 1,175
2008 1,097 0 1,097
2009 926 0 926
2010 863 0 863
2011 777 0 777
2012 882 0 882
2013 864 0 864
2014 793 0 793
2015 758 0 758
2016 701 0 701

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Popularity of Phillip as a first name

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Popularity of Phillip as a last name

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Common last names for Phillip

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  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Walker
  • Morris
  • Robinson

Common first names for Phillip

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Phillip U.S.
  White 27.50% 64.26%
  African American 55.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.96% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.60% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Phillip

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

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Fun Facts about the name Phillip

  • How Popular is the name Phillip? Phillip is the 230th most popular name of all time. As a last name Phillip was the 5,108th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Phillip have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 307,915 babies born with the first name Phillip in the United States. That's more than enough people named Phillip to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Phillip? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 75 new born babies.
  • When was Phillip first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Phillip is Sunday, March 4th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Phillip born? The highest recorded use of the first name Phillip was in 1960 with a total of 6,039 babies. That's a lot of babies named Phillip!
  • Random Phillip Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Phillip ranks 98th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 10 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Phillip: Your name in reverse order is Pillihp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ihpipll. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Phillip? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,857 people with the last name Phillip.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Phillip? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Phillip 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).
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