A slightly shortened variation of the surname Phillips. The name of one of Christ's apostles in the Bible. Spent more than 50 years ranked among the top 100, peaking at No. 64 in 1950. Actor and Academy Award winner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, has brought interest back to the name. Ranks highly among several European countries. In England, associated with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II.