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Philip Name Meaning

Scottish, Dutch, English, South Indian, etc.: from the Greek 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 Highland Scottish surname, it represents an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhilib ‘son of Philip’. In North America, this surname has absorbed some cases of cognate names in other languages (e.g. French Philippe, Greek Philippos, Italian Filippi, Spanish Felipe, Catalan Felip, and their derivatives). As a Jewish name, it represents a borrowing of the personal name from Christians. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Philip Family Origin

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Philip Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Philip occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Philip's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Philip. A less common occupation for the Philip family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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Philip Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Philip. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 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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Philip Life Expectancy

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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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