Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

Are you loving Lily? Maybe the popularity has gotten to you. There is this spunky floral moniker that has already reached outrageous popularity in Great Britain. Poppy is a sweet little floral that has been in usage since at least the 19th century. The name may seem a bit too insubstantial for some, hence is why it is sometimes listed as a nickname for such names as Parthenope, Penelope, Persephone, Pippilotta, Philippa, Pomeline and Perpetua.

The associations with the flower are beautiful! Who wouldn’t want to be named for a deep red, eye popping flower (no pun intended). Then again, its symbolisms with death and sleep can be a bit of a turn off for others.

In Ancient Rome and Greece, the poppy was a funerary flower, they were usually placed on graves. The poppy got the association of death and sleep, since opium, (which is extracted from poppy seeds), was such a strong barbiturate. In fact, it was so strong, that the ancients used it as an anesthetic while conducting surgeries. However, Poppy does have the redeeming qualities of being associated with resurrection, since after being put under a death like sleep from opium during an operation, the patients always seemed to awaken as if they had come back to life. Its symbolism for dead soldiers comes from a poem written by John McCrae, entitled in Flanders Fields (1915). McCrae writes how he witnessed his friend perish amidst a field of poppies during WWI, and he compares the field of poppies to all the fallen dead soldiers. The name could be a nice way to honour a relative that has perished in a war.

As of 2010, Poppy was the 16th most popular female name in England/Wales. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
  • # 47 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 52 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 66 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
In the United States, it doesn’t even rank in the top 1000. However, with its growing popularity in Britain along with its similar appeal to other red hot climbers such as Scarlett and Ruby, she just might be making her way into the top 1000 by next year.
Another interesting side note is that Poppy is the flower of the month of August. Not a bad choice for an August baby.
A famous American bearer is CNN news anchor and reporter, Poppy Harlow (née Katharine) b.1982


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “lover of horses.”
ENG (FIL-ip)

The name is derived from the Greek Philippos (Φίλιππος), which is composed of the Greek elements φιλος (philos) meaning “friend; lover” and ‘ιππος (hippos) meaning “horse.”

The name was borne by several illustrious characters throughout history, including Philip of Macedon (the father of Alexander the Great), an apostle of Jesus, several early saints and several French monarchs.

The name has been popular in England since the Middle Ages and never really went out of fashion, even after the Reformation. Though in the United States, he ranks rather low, coming in as the # 378th most popular male name, his rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 3 Filip (Croatia, 2009)
  • # 5 Filip (Czech Republic, 2009)
  • # 44 Philip (Denmark, 2009)
  • # 4 Filip (Faroe Islands, 2009)
  • # 18 Philip/Philipp (Germany, 2009)
  • # 95 Filip (Ireland, 2008)
  • # 18 Filippo (Italy, 2007)
  • # 42 Filip (Norway, 2009)
  • # 80 Philip (Norway, 2009)
  • # 7 Filip (Poland, 2008)
  • # 10 Filip (Serbia, 2009)
  • # 26 Filip (Slovenia, 2005)
  • # 24 Filippo (Switzerland, among Italian-speakers, 2008)
  • # 11 Filip (Sweden, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Philippus (Afrikaans/Latin)
  • Philip Філіп (Belarusian/English/Scandinavian)
  • Fulub/Fulup (Breton)
  • Filip ФилипBulgarian/Croatian/Czech/Dutch/Finnish/Hungarian/Macedonian/Polish/Russian/Romanian/Romansch/Scandinavian/Slovak/Slovene
  • Felip (Catalan)
  • Filippus (Dutch)
  • Philipp (Estonian/German)
  • Vilpas (Finnish)
  • Vilppi/Vilppo/Vilppu (Finnish)
  • Philippe (French)
  • Filipe (Galician/Portuguese)
  • P’ilip’e ფილიპე (Georgian)
  • Filippos Φιλιππος (Greek: Modern)
  • Philippos Φίλιππος (Greek: Ancient)
  • Fülöp (Hungarian)
  • Pilib (Irish-Gaelic)
  • Filippino (Italian: obscure)
  • Filippo (Italian)
  • Filips (Latvian)
  • Pilypas (Lithuanian)
  • Piripi (Maori)
  • Felip (Occitanian)
  • Filippu Фїліппъ (Old Church Slavonic)
  • Felipe (Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Flep (Romansch)
  • Filipp Филипп (Romansch/Russian)
  • Filib (Scottish-Gaelic)
  • Pylyp Пилип (Ukrainian)
  • Fiłipo (Venetian)
  • Ffilip (Welsh)

Dutch diminutives are Flip and Flupke
English short forms are Pip and Phil
French diminutives include: Flit, Flitou, Phil, Philou and Pip
German short forms are Phil and Lips
Italian short forms are: Filo, Firpo, Lippo and Pippo
Polish diminutive is Filipek

Feminine versions include:

  • Filipa Филипа (Breton/Croatian/Polish/Portuguese/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Filippa Филиппа Φιλιππα (Danish/Finnish/Greek/Hungarian/Icelandic/Italian/Russian/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Philippa (English/German)
  • Pippa (English: originally a diminutive form now occasionally used as an independent given name)
  • Philippina (German: obscure)
  • Hilppa (Finnish)
  • Philippine (French)
  • Filippina (Italian)
  • Filipina (Polish)
  • Felipa (Spanish)

Filippa is the 51st most popular female name in Sweden, (2009)

The name is currently borne by British Monarch, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921).

The designated name-day is May 3rd.


  1. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/philip?view=uk
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/php/find.php?name=philipp