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ˈfɪl ɪpphilip

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Philip, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburghnoun

    Englishman and husband of Elizabeth II (born 1921)


  1. Philipnoun

    One of the twelve disciples; one of the seven deacons.

  2. Philipnoun

    One of the twelve disciples of Jesus in the Bible; one of the seven deacons.

  3. Philipnoun

    A male given name from Ancient Greek.

    Philip Berold, conceiting this his name, very Clerkly proves that Philip is an Apostolical name by Saint Philip the Apostle, a Royal name by King Philip King of Macedonia, and an Imperial name by Philip the first Christian Emperour.

  4. Philipnoun

    A patronymic surname.

  5. Philipnoun

    A small city, the county seat of Haakon County, South Dakota, United States.

  6. Etymology: From Φίλιππος, name of ancient kings of Macedonia, from φίλιππος, from φιλέω + ἵππος.


  1. Philip

    Philip, also Phillip, is a male given name, derived from the Greek Φίλιππος (Philippos, lit. "horse-loving" or "fond of horses"), from a compound of φίλος (philos, "dear", "loved", "loving") and ἵππος (hippos, "horse"). Prominent Philips who popularized the name include kings of Macedonia and one of the apostles of early Christianity. Philip has many alternative spellings. One derivation often used as a surname is Phillips. It was also found during ancient Greek times with two Ps as Philippides and Philippos. It has many diminutive (or even hypocoristic) forms including Phil, Philly, Lip, Pip, Pep or Peps. There are also feminine forms such as Philippine and Philippa.


  1. philip

    Philip is a traditionally male given name, originally derived from Greek, which generally means "friend of horses" or "lover of horses". It was a common name in ancient Greece and Rome, and has been popular throughout European history, given to numerous Kings and important figures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philipnoun

    the European hedge sparrow

  2. Philipnoun

    the house sparrow. Called also phip

  3. Etymology: [So called from their notes.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Philip

    an Indian chief whose father had been a staunch friend of the Pilgrim settlers, was himself friendly to the colonists, till in 1671 their encroachments provoked him to retaliation; after six years' fighting, in which many colonists perished and great massacres of Indians took place, he was defeated and slain, 1676.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Philip is ranked #5910 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Philip surname appeared 5,832 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Philip.

    49.7% or 2,903 total occurrences were Asian.
    29.9% or 1,748 total occurrences were White.
    15.8% or 922 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 133 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 99 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 27 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Philip' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2577

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Philip' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3561

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Philip in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Philip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Philip in a Sentence

  1. Liz Cheney:

    We know Philip Rucker daughter -- we have firsthand testimony that Philip Rucker daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask Philip Rucker to' please stop this violence,'.

  2. That Stonehouse:

    Philip Athill was Philip Athill and an observer, philip Athill was illegitimate and was brought up largely by Philip Athill mother in France, and it later emerged that Philip Athill was gay when Philip Athill had an affair with a male Swedish film star.

  3. Lawrence Durrell:

    It's unthinkable not to love --you'd have a severe nervous breakdown. Or you'd have to be Philip Larkin.

  4. Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    Till last by Philip's farm I flowTo join the brimming river,For men may come and men may go,But I go on for ever.

  5. Tracey Dean:

    Philip Pieri ca n’t be shy, Philip Pieri’ve got to talk to them. Philip Pieri treat them like Philip Pieri own kids, Philip Pieri know.

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