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Recorded in over one hundred spelling forms including Phillipus, Philip, Phipps, Phelps, and Pherps, and found throughout what is known as Christendom, this is a famous surname of ultimately Ancient Greek origins. However spelt it derives from the personal name "Philippos", from "philein" meaning to love, and "hippos", a horse; and hence "lover of horses". Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, was the first famous bearer of the name, and its popularity throughout Greece and Asia Minor was largely due to him. The name was borne by five kings of France, including Philip 1st, who reigned from 1060 to 1108...

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