The name’s meaning is “horse lover,” which might draw in equine-appreciative parents looking for a name to “saddle” their son with. His many notable namesakes include one of Jesus’s Twelve Apostles, a championship golfer (Mickelson), and a widely read novelist (Roth). Philip had a long run as a popular name, starting in the 19th century until just before the end of the 20th century. Today’s parents lean more toward surnames as first names and lesser-known biblical names. Ignore the numbers if you like the name—it’s a dignified, solid choice.
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