Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Felipe

Felipe is the Spanish and Portuguese equivalent to Philip. Philip/Felipe are derived from the Greek masculine name Phílippos, from the components “philein” meaning “to love” and “hippos” meaning “horse”. Therefore, Felipe means “lover of horses”. This old Greek name has been popular since antiquity. It was borne by the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II of Macedon, in the 4th century B.C. In the classical period of ancient Greece, when horses were a vital part of life, Phílippos was a name shared by scores of men, from army generals to philosophers, from astronomers to kings of Macedon, from statesmen to poets and from historians to Emperors. From a religious perspective, Philip the Apostle was one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles and Philip the Evangelist was an enthusiastic spreader of Christianity. In medieval times, Philip/Felipe were names shared by several kings of France, Spain, and Portugal, not to mention other royals throughout Europe. Indeed, Philip has been a long enduring name with illustrious examples of men throughout 2500 years of history. Other versions of the name include: Philippos (Ancient Greek), Philippus (Ancient Latin), Philip or Phillip (English), Philippe (French), Filippo (Italian), and, last but not least, Felipe (Spanish/Portuguese). Felipe is currently most popular in Brazil and Chile where it ranks on the Top 20 list of most commonly used male names.

All About the Baby Name – Felipe

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME FELIPE

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME FELIPE

Felipe has been in constant use in the United States since the late 1880s; although the name bounced around a lot before sticking to the charts in the 1920s. From there, the name saw slow and steady usage growth over the first several decades of the 20th century. Felipe’s popularity increased as the Hispanic-American and Spanish-speaking population grew in the United States. Today however, even as the Hispanic population continues to grow, the name Felipe is starting to decline. This is largely due to second and third generation Hispanic Americans impacting the naming practices within their own communities. As the Spanish-speaking population assimilates more cohesively into the overall population, they are beginning to leave their Spanish names behind. It appears that Felipe is another casualty of this trend. In our opinion, the three-syllable Felipe is more upbeat and friendly than stogy old Philip.

Quick Facts

ON FELIPE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

724

PRONUNCIATION:

fa-LEE-pay

SIMPLE MEANING:

Lover of horses

Characteristics

OF FELIPE

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Felipe

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FELIPE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Felipe

Popular Songs

ON FELIPE

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Felipe


Famous People

NAMED FELIPE

Felipe Calderón (President of Mexico)
Felipe Alou (baseball player/manager)
Felipe López (baseball player)
Felipe Melo (Brazilian footballer)
Felipe Seade (Uruguayan artist)
Felipe González (Spanish Prime Minister)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FELIPE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Felipe

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FELIPE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Felipe