Americans – opinion on the name Philippa?

posted 1 month ago in Names
Post # 31
2707 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

TravelingBride31 :  I’m sorry but I don’t care for any of those but you do you. 

Post # 32
6323 posts
Bee Keeper

Phillipa is fine. Many Americans will question how it should be pronounced. I prefer Louisa and Audrey but it’s not my baby!! But, please, not Flip. Pip, Pippa, even Phil, but not Flip. 

Post # 33
8170 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’m not keen on the shortened forms, esp Flip, which is silly posh English to me (l am English so l’m allowed to say that lol).

I like Phillipa, and can’t fathom how anyone , even Americans who are notoriously bad a pronunciation of ‘foreign’ names, can mispronounce it. 

Audrey is ok too, Louisa is lovely. Mathilde/Matilda l really dislike. There was a flurry of them here in Australia some years ago but thankfully it passed. 

Sorry can’t seem to undo underlining , don’t know how it happened in the first place.

TravelingBride31 :  

Post # 34
577 posts
Busy bee

Not American (I’m Australian) but just chiming in to say I’m surprised people don’t know how to pronounce Philippa. You don’t meet a lot of Philippa’s here either but it’s still considered a classic name. It’s like Erica. 

I’m not too fond of the name but there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a good strong name. 

I think the only issue may be spelling as you can see I’ve spelled it differently to you based on how I thought it would be spelled. But that’s the age-old issue with the name Philip. Some spell it with one L, some with two. And also for Philippa it could be one P, it could be two. Not a big deal though. 

Post # 35
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

I like Philippa!  

Post # 36
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m Australian, so this may not be all that helpful… but I went to school with a few Philippas and all got/chose Pip as a nickname. Its not a name I have personally ever loved, but its pretty standard in my circles and better than plenty of other names! My 8 month old has a little baby friend called Philippa, and she gets Pippa, and now the name is really growing on me!

I say absolutely go for it if it’s a name you love.

Post # 37
2457 posts
Buzzing bee

ArcadiaRose :   elderbee :  I think the pronunciation issue has to do with the large Spanish-speaking population in the US. The name Felipa (fe-LEEP-uh) isn’t common, but it’s much more common than Philippa (Philip-uh). I’ve never met anyone named Philippa but I’ve met Filipa/Felipas. If I saw the Ph spelling I’d assume it wasn’t Spanish, but I’d still be less than sure what the “correct” pronunciation would be. According to Babycenter, only since 2000 has the name Philippa cracked 10 in a million instances in the US, so it is an extremely uncommon name here which most people won’t have a reference for. 

ETA: May I just say, I just youtubed pronunciation videos on the name, and I also think this might be one of those names/words that just sounds wayyyy better with a British than an American accent. 



Post # 38
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 1983

I would never name a child something that people will have to ask how to spell. It gets very old very fast.

Post # 39
97 posts
Worker bee

Love the name! I don’t quite understand how it would be hard to spell or pronounce…? But then again I am from neither the US or the UK. Seems fairly simple yet classic and not too common. Fantastic 🙂 also I actually like all the nicknames.

Post # 40
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I’m also sort of baffled that people think it would be hard to spell or pronounce. I’m from the US, and I adore Philippa/Pippa. I also love Louisa. 

Post # 41
9138 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I love it!

But then again I have a girl crush on Phillipa Soo so I’d probably a bit biased 😛

Post # 42
6323 posts
Bee Keeper

browneyedgirl24 :  Agreed.

Also, according to the US SS web site “Philip” and “Phillip” are ranked almost equally at 439 and 451 for 2018 so you can count on a lot of people throwing in an extra L or dropping a P, making the long e sound more likely. (Philippa/Phillippa doesn’t make the top 1000.) US actress Phillipa Soo has two Ls and one P. Really, it’s no different than Sara vs Sarah or Erica vs Erika. My friend Sarah always explained “Sarah with an H” when she was providing her very common name.

My children have an unusual last name that they have to spell every single time so I made sure to give them very classic first names. I wouldn’t want my child to have to spell both, always. 

Post # 43
3404 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I love Louisa. 

Post # 44
8770 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

TravelingBride31 :  I’m in the US. Phillipa is fine, Pippa and Pip are both cute, Flip is awful.

Post # 45
1213 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

In the US, and I know a sweet little 4-year-old with the name Phillippa (nn Pippa)! So I say go for it. Also love your other name choices as well (although I’m partial to Audrey as I’m due in 2 weeks with an Audrey!)

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