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Philip Name Meaning

Scottish English German Dutch and Jewish: from the Greek personal name Philippos (from philein ‘to love’ + hippos ‘horse’). In the New Testament this name is borne by one of the apostles; it was also borne by various other early Christian saints. It owes part of its popularity to the medieval romances about Alexander the Great whose father was Philip of Macedon. As a Jewish name it represents a borrowing of the personal name from Christians. As a Highland Scottish surname it represents an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhilib ‘son of Philip’. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Spanish Felipe Catalan Felip Polish Czech Slovak Slovenian or Croatian Filip Albanian Filipi and their derivatives (see examples at Philips ). The name Philip is also found among Christians in southern India (compare Philipose and Pothen ) but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Compare Phillip . French (southern) and Breton (Finistère): variant of Philippe .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Phillips, Pille, Philipp, Philips, Filip, Philbin, Phillip, Philp

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Where is the Philip family from?

You can see how Philip families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Philip family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Philip families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1891 there were 185 Philip families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Philip's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Philip families in 1891.
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What did your Philip ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Philip. 16% of Philip men worked as a Farmer and 77% of Philip women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Philip were Retired and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Farmer
  • Pharmacist
  • Incapacitated
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 77,000 census records available for the last name Philip. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Philip census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Philip. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Philip. For the veterans among your Philip ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Philip lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Philip life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Philip in 1954 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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