Phyllis

First Name
323k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Phyllis

"Phyllis" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Green Leaves, Foliage". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Φυλλίς (Phullís, “foliage”).

  1. (Greek mythology) A girl who killed herself for love, and was turned into an almond tree.
  2. A female given name derived from the mythological character.

Notable Persons Named Phyllis

Phyllis Smith is an actress and voice actress. She was most prominent from 1992 to present. Phyllis was born on July 10th, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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Phyllis was given the name Phyllis McAlpin Stewart on August 15th, 1924 in St. Louis. Phyllis is also known as Phyllis Stewart Schlafly.

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Phyllis Diller was a stand-up comedian, actress, and voice artist. She was most active from 1949 to 2012. Phyllis was given the name Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17th, 1917 in Lima, Ohio, U.S. She passed away on August 20th, 2012.

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Amanda Peterson was an actress. Her career lasted from 1982 to 1982. Amanda was given the name Phyllis Amanda Peterson on July 8th, 1971 in Greeley, Colorado, U.S. Amanda is also known as Mandy Peterson. She passed away on July 3rd, 2015.

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(The Right Honourable) was a crime fiction, thriller (genre), utopian, and dystopian fiction writer. (The was given the name Phyllis Dorothy James on August 3rd, 1920 in Oxford. She died on November 27th, 2014.

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Phyllis Logan is an actress. Phyllis was given the name Phyllis Margaret Logan on January 11th, 1956 in Paisley.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 6 6 0
1881 5 5 0
1882 8 8 0
1883 15 15 0
1884 16 16 0
1885 11 11 0
1886 20 20 0
1887 18 18 0
1888 29 29 0
1889 25 25 0
1890 42 42 0
1891 31 31 0
1892 31 31 0
1893 53 53 0
1894 56 56 0
1895 65 65 0
1896 69 69 0
1897 67 67 0
1898 108 108 0
1899 111 111 0
1900 125 125 0
1901 124 124 0
1902 164 164 0
1903 150 150 0
1904 181 181 0
1905 183 183 0
1906 195 195 0
1907 262 262 0
1908 288 288 0
1909 352 352 0
1910 392 392 0
1911 527 527 0
1912 779 779 0
1913 1,059 1,054 5
1914 1,414 1,407 7
1915 2,093 2,088 5 #100 girl name
1916 2,432 2,427 5 #95 girl name
1917 2,705 2,695 10 #92 girl name
1918 3,333 3,326 7 #80 girl name
1919 3,189 3,189 0 #84 girl name
1920 3,852 3,852 0 #72 girl name
1921 4,600 4,591 9 #60 girl name
1922 4,945 4,935 10 #53 girl name
1923 5,481 5,476 5 #45 girl name
1924 6,285 6,267 18 #44 girl name
1925 6,502 6,486 16 #40 girl name
1926 6,937 6,921 16 #33 girl name
1927 7,442 7,423 19 #29 girl name
1928 7,944 7,920 24 #26 girl name
1929 8,018 7,996 22 #24 girl name
1930 7,797 7,770 27 #28 girl name
1931 7,234 7,212 22 #29 girl name
1932 7,333 7,308 25 #30 girl name
1933 7,138 7,109 29 #28 girl name
1934 7,200 7,178 22 #28 girl name
1935 7,397 7,366 31 #27 girl name
1936 7,393 7,372 21 #25 girl name
1937 7,271 7,244 27 #27 girl name
1938 7,677 7,645 32 #28 girl name
1939 7,615 7,591 24 #30 girl name
1940 7,449 7,415 34 #33 girl name
1941 7,374 7,347 27 #35 girl name
1942 7,817 7,791 26 #37 girl name
1943 7,634 7,606 28 #39 girl name
1944 7,053 7,023 30 #40 girl name
1945 6,549 6,530 19 #40 girl name
1946 8,071 8,047 24 #41 girl name
1947 9,202 9,184 18 #37 girl name
1948 7,891 7,875 16 #46 girl name
1949 7,332 7,314 18 #50 girl name
1950 6,706 6,695 11 #53 girl name
1951 6,807 6,792 15 #57 girl name
1952 6,161 6,150 11 #65 girl name
1953 5,967 5,962 5 #69 girl name
1954 5,775 5,765 10 #75 girl name
1955 5,709 5,689 20 #74 girl name
1956 5,663 5,649 14 #82 girl name
1957 5,316 5,307 9 #90 girl name
1958 5,088 5,074 14 #94 girl name
1959 4,695 4,686 9
1960 4,444 4,434 10
1961 3,854 3,838 16
1962 3,508 3,496 12
1963 3,249 3,243 6
1964 2,905 2,895 10
1965 2,472 2,465 7
1966 1,938 1,938 0
1967 1,403 1,396 7
1968 1,086 1,086 0
1969 905 905 0
1970 767 767 0
1971 632 625 7
1972 504 504 0
1973 404 404 0
1974 308 308 0
1975 325 325 0
1976 241 241 0
1977 238 238 0
1978 222 222 0
1979 204 204 0
1980 181 181 0
1981 182 182 0
1982 178 178 0
1983 172 172 0
1984 151 151 0
1985 129 129 0
1986 107 107 0
1987 120 120 0
1988 115 115 0
1989 95 95 0
1990 85 85 0
1991 81 81 0
1992 80 80 0
1993 87 87 0
1994 69 69 0
1995 69 69 0
1996 70 70 0
1997 56 56 0
1998 46 46 0
1999 43 43 0
2000 40 40 0
2001 42 42 0
2002 35 35 0
2003 29 29 0
2004 25 25 0
2005 31 31 0
2006 25 25 0
2007 24 24 0
2008 20 20 0
2009 22 22 0
2010 25 25 0
2011 20 20 0
2012 13 13 0
2013 19 19 0
2014 22 22 0
2015 22 22 0
2016 21 21 0

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Popularity of Phyllis as a first name

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Common last names for Phyllis

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Young
  • Lewis
  • Jackson
  • Harris

Fun Facts about the name Phyllis

  • How Popular is the name Phyllis? Phyllis is the 220th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Phyllis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 323,213 babies born with the first name Phyllis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Phyllis 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 Phyllis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Phyllis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Phyllis is Saturday, February 13th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Phyllis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Phyllis was in 1947 with a total of 9,184 babies. That's a lot of babies named Phyllis!
  • Random Phyllis Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Phyllis ranks 25th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 289 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Phyllis: Your name in reverse order is Sillyhp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iplhlsy. How do you pronounce that?

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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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