Philips, Phillips An English surname derived from the name Philip from the Greek meaning ‘lover of horses’. The Christian name was common in England during the Middle Ages. In 1890 the surname was chiefly found in Mayo, Antrim and Dublin, and the estimated number of persons bearing the surname was 3,450. In the United States Phillips is the 45th most numerous surname with an estimated 409,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 Phillips was the 43rd most numerous surname.
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