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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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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 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there were 9 Philip families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Philip's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Philip families in 1840.
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What did your Philip ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Philip. 24% of Philip men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Philip women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Philip were Carpenter and Laborer.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Laborer
    7%
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Census Records

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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 the USA, 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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