Phyllis: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Phyllis
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.
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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!
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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
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Phyllis Lapin Vance, character on the TV series, "The Office"
Phyllis in "Iolanthe"
In American folk song, Wait for the Wagon, the first verse asks, "Will you come with me, my Phyllis, dear?..."
Phyllis Lindstrom in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1975) and the spin-off series "Phyllis" (1975-1977), played by Cloris Leachman