Phyllis Name Meaning & Origin

Phyllis

Pronunciation: FI-lis (key)

Origin of the name Phyllis:

A borrowing from the Greek, Phyllis is derived from phyllon (a leaf). The name is borne in Greek mythology by a girl who hanged herself for love and was transformed into an almond tree.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Phyllis: | Edit

My grandma's name is Phyllis. It is honestly the ugliest name I've ever heard. Not a single one of her grandchildren are even considering her name as potential middle name for their kids... The name Phyllis conjures a vision of a portly, old woman with a bad temper and no teeth.

I don't think of the above vision at all, but I am in my 70's and there were a couple girls named Phyllis in my school. They were both slim, bubbly, pretty girls, so I didn't see anything wrong with the name. But all the names in my generation are outdated today and considered ugly by younger people.

I don't think this name is so bad!

Is it the feminine version of Philip?

Personal experiences with the name Phyllis: | Edit

One of my good friends in high school was named Phyllis. It was the worst girl name in our class. She hated it so much she now goes by her middle name of Joy, which she doesn't like much better but it sure beats the alternative!

I knew 2 very pretty girls named Phyllis in school, so I don't think that name is so bad - not like Gertrude or Mildred! But I wouldn't name a child that today.

There was a girl in my school with this name, but she spelled it Phyliss. I like that spelling better - gives it more zing!

Nicknames for Phyllis: | Edit

Phyl, Flip, Lissy

Meanings and history of the name Phyllis: | Edit

Pronounced: FIL-is

Famous real-life people named Phyllis: | Edit

Phyllis Diller, American actress and comedian
Phyllis Hyman, African-American actress and soul singer
Phyllis A. Whitney, American mystery novelist
Phyllis Newman, American actress
Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian writer
Phyllis Schlafly, American anti-feminist activist

Phyllis in song, story & screen: | Edit

Phyllis Lapin Vance On The Office
Phyllis Summers On The Young And The Restless

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