Baby Names: Names Starting with P


PHEDRA: From the Greek for "shining one." A thoughtful choice for a future rock star. Relative: Phaidra. Namesake: wife of Theseus.

PHELAN: Irish Gaelic for "little wolf." O. Henry wrote a short story about a couple who argued over whether their son would be named Pat or Phelan. Try Phelan.

PHILANA: Greek for "adoring." Relatives: Philene, Philina, Philida, Philantha, Philander, Philadelphia (Greek for "brotherly love"), Falana. Namesakes: Philander Knox, Lola Falana.

PHILIP: From the Greek for "horse lover." It's hard to go wrong with this fine old name. It has served the royal houses of ancient Rome and Macedonia, France, Spain, Germany, and England. Relatives: Phillip, Philipe, Philippos, Philo, Phillips, Phelps, Phipps, Philipson, Phillips, Philby, Phil, Philly, Felipe, Filippo, Filip, Filbert. Namesakes: Saint Philip, Prince Philip, Phil Donahue, John Philip Sousa.

PHILIPPA: From the Greek for "horse lover" and a feminine variation of Philip. Philippa is most popular in the United Kingdom and is almost always abbreviated as Pippa. Relatives: Philippine, Felipe, Felipa, Philly, Philia, Pippa. Namesakes: Philippa Carr, "Pippa Passes."

PHILOMENA: Greek for "song lover" or "friend." Relatives: Philomen, Filomena.

PHINEAS: From the Hebrew for "oracle" and Egyptian for "dark-skinned." Until he is elected to the bench or establishes himself as the senior partner, Phinny will suffice. Relatives: Phinny, Phin, Finn, Pincus, Pinchas, Pinchos. Namesakes: Phineas T. Barnum, Pinchas Zuckerman, "Phineas T. Firefly."

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