Of Greek origin.
Italian form of the name Philip.
From the Greek name Φίλιππος, Philippos, meaning “he who loves the horses”.
The name derives from two Greek words: “Φίλος” (philos), meaning “friend”, “lover”, and “ίππος” (hippos), meaning “horse”.
Five kings of Macedonia bore the name.
Most notable was Philip II, a member of the ancient Greek royal house the “Argead dynasty” and father of Alexander the Great.