Phyllis - Meaning of Phyllis

What does Phyllis mean?

[ 2 syll. (p)hyl-lis, ph-yll-is ] The baby girl name Phyllis is pronounced as FIHL-ihS in English †. Phyllis is an English, German, and Greek name of Old Greek origin. The Greek 'phyllis' (meaning foliage, green branch) is from the element 'phyllon'. The name was borne in Greek mythology by a beautiful young girl who hanged herself for love; the gods took pity on her and turned her into an almond tree. It appeared as the names of rustic maidens in several classical works by Virgil and Horace among others, and later in John Milton's famous pastoral poem L'Allegro (1631).

Phyllis is a widely used name; it has 28 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. English variant transcriptions include Filise, Fillis, Fillys, Fyllis, Phila, Philida, Philis, Phillida, Phillis, Philliss, Phillys, Philys, Phyl, Phylicia, Phylina, Phylla, Phyllicia, Phyllida, Phyllie, Phyllina, Phylliss, Phyllys, and Phylys. Other English forms include the spelling variants Phylis and Phyliss. Filide (Italian), Filis (Spanish), and Phylida (Greek) are variant transcriptions of Phyllis that are used in other languages.

See also the related form, Doris (English).

See also the related categories, gods, tree (forest), english, greek, element, beautiful (fair), leaf, pity, green (meadow), young, pastoral, and german.

Phyllis is uncommon as a baby name for girls. At the height of its usage in 1929, 0.691% of baby girls were named Phyllis. It ranked at #24 then. The baby name has since fallen out of favor, and is now of irregular use. Within all girl names in its group, Phyllis was nevertheless the most popular in 2018.

Baby names that sound like Phyllis include Philis, Phillis, Phylis, Filis, Phelia, Phila, Philease, Phileese, Phileise, Philese, Philiese, Philise, Philliss, Phillys, Philys, Philyse, Phyliss, Phylla, Phylliss, and Phyllys.

† Pronunciation for Phyllis: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"

A famous person named Phyllis is Author, P.D. James, born Phyllis Dorothy James, 3 August 1920, Oxford, England.



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