Besides Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, there are many occurrences of the name Philip, Philips, and Phillips throughout world history.  In addition to being the forename of six of the Kings of France and other kingdoms throughout history, here are but a few historical men who bore the name.

  • Philip of Opus, one of Plato's students
  • Philip (general), son of Antipater and general of Alexander the Great
  • Philip (son of Machatas), builder of Alexandria on the Indus
  • Philip (satrap), Greek satrap of Sogdiana and governor of Parthia
  • Philip I Philadelphus, ruler of the Hellenistic Seleucid kingdom
  • Philip II Philoromaeus, last ruler of the Hellenistic Seleucid kingdom
  • Lucius Marcius Philippus, a Roman statesman
  • Herod Philip I, son of Herod the Great and husband of Herodias
  • Herod Philip II, "the Tetrarch", son of Herod the Great and ruler of Ituraea and Trachonitis
  • Phillipus of Croton, 6th century BC, Olympic victor and legendary hero
  • Philippus of Thessalonica, epigrammatic Greek poet and compiler of an Anthology
  • Philip the Arab, Roman emperor from 244 to 249
  • Philip of Side, Byzantine historian of the early Christian church
  • Philippikos, Byzantine Emperor
  • Antipope Philip, pope for only one day (July 31, 768)
  • Philip the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus
  • Philip the Evangelist, first mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles
  • Philip of Courtenay, titular Latin Emperor of Constantinople
  • Philip of Swabia, King of Germany and Duke of Swabia
  • James Philip, Angus laird who was author of the Graemiad


Notable People with the Phillips Surname

In regards to those with the surname Philips and Phillips, here is a brief alphabetical list with a short intro of their notoriety.

Alban William Phillips - New Zealand economist known for the "Phillips Curve," a relation between inflation and unemployment.

Elizabeth J. (Magie) Phillips - American inventor of "The Landlord's Game" (patented in 1904), the precursor to Parker Brother's "Monopoly"

Eugenia Phillips - A very determined woman, Eugenia spied for the South during the Civil War, while her U.S. Congressman husband sided with the North.  

Lord Phillips was appointed in 2005 to take over from Lord Woolf as Lord Chief Justice.  He was born Nicholas Addison Phillips on 21 January 1938, and was educated at Bryanston School, and King's College, Cambridge.  In 1972 he married Cristylle Marie-Therese Rouffiac.  Lord Phillips was called to the Bar, Middle Temple in 1962, and made a QC in 1978.  From 1982 to 1987 he was a Recorder, before becoming a High Court judge. In 1995 Lord Phillips became an Appeal Court judge.

Mark Anthony Peter Phillips (born 22 September 1948) is a former Olympic gold-medal-winning horseman and first husband of Anne, Princess Royal.  He is the son of Major Peter William Garside Phillips (deceased in September 1998) and Anne Patricia Phillips (nee Tiarks) (deceased in July 1988). 

Michelle Phillips and John Phillips: husband and wife singers from the group The Mamas and The Papas.

Peter Philips (c 1560 - 1628) was an eminent English composer, organist, and Catholic priest exiled to Flanders after the start of the Protestant Reformation.  He was one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos of his time, and transcribed or arranged several Italian motets and madrigals by such as Lassus, Palestrina, and Giulio Caccini for his instruments.  Some of his keyboard works are found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.  Philips also wrote many sacred choral works.

Wendell Phillips, born in Boston, Massachusetts, was an American abolitionist, Native American advocate and orator.  He was schooled at Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1831.  Afterwards, he went on to attend Harvard Law School from which he graduated in 1833.  In 1834, Phillips was admitted to the state bar, and in the same year, he opened a law practice in Boston.  After being converted to the abolitionist cause by William Lloyd Garrison in 1836, he stopped practicing law in order to fully dedicate himself to the movement.


Even More Notable Peolple with the Phillips Surname

This is more of a complete list of well known people with the surname Phillips:

  • Ambrose Philips (1674-1749), English poet
  • Anton Philips (1874-1951), Dutch entrepreneur and co-founder of Royal Philips Electronics Ltd., brother of
    Gerard Philips
  • Bijou Phillips (b. 1980), American actress
  • Clarence E. "Bud" Phillips (b.1950), known commonly as Bud Phillips, American polititican and Virginia state delegate
  • Charles Franklin Phillips (1910-1998), American economist and author who served as president of Bates College (1944-1967)
  • Charles James Phillips (1863-1940), of London, England, and New York City
  • Chynna Phillips (b. 1968), American singer and actress
  • Ethan Phillips (b. 1955), American actor, playwright, and author
  • Frank Phillips (1873-1950), American banker and oilman, co-founder of Phillips Petroleum Company and donor of Woolaroc Museum
  • Gerard Philips (1858-1942), Dutch entrepreneur and co-founder of Royal Philips Electronics Ltd., brother of Anton Philips
  • George Philips (d. 1696), English governor of Culmore, and governor of Derry; father of William Philips
  • Graham Phillips (b. 1993), American actor
  • Graham Phillips (b. ?), British author and historical mysteries researcher
  • Graham Phillips II (b. ?), Australian television presenter
  • Henry F. Phillips (1890-1958), American entrepreneur, inventor of the Phillips screw and Phillips screwdriver
  • Herbert Daly Phillips (1935-1995), American big band trumpeter, composer, and arranger
  • Horatio Frederick Phillips (1845-1924), English pioneer of airfoil design
  • Howard Phillips (Nintendo) (b. ?), American who is a member of the video game and comic book industries
  • Howard Phillips (1902-1979), American businessman and philanthropist
  • Howard Phillips (b. 1941), American politician and former presidential candidate
  • Hugh Phillips‎ (1940–2005), British surgeon
  • Irna Phillips (1901-1973), American actress and soap opera creator
  • James Milner Phillips (1905-1974), English automotive engineer and businessman, builder of the Bluebird
  • John Henry Lawrence Phillips (1910-1985), English clergyman, the former Bishop of Portsmouth
  • Katherine Philips (1631-1664), English poet 
  • Kevin Phillips (b. 1940), American political commentator and author
  • Kevin Phillips (b. 1973), English football (soccer) player, currently playing for Birmingham City
  • Mackenzie Phillips (b. 1959), American singer and actress
  • Melanie Phillips (b. 1951), British journalist and writer
  • Michelle Phillips (b. 1944), American singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Nicholas J. Phillips (b. 1933), English physicist and proponent of holographic art
  • Percy Phillips, name of various people
  • Richard Phillips (born 1963), artist from the United States
  • Richard Phillips, captain of the MV Maersk Alabama taken hostage by Somali pirates in April 2009
  • Richard Phillips (1778–1851), British chemist
  • Richard Phillips, pen name of Philip K. Dick (1928–1982)
  • Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), author and publisher, founder of the Monthly Magazine
  • Robert Phillips (b. 1953), American classical guitarist
  • Robert Phillips (b. 1938), American poet and professor of English
  • Sally Phillips (b. 1970), British comic actress
  • Sean Phillips (b. 1965), British comic artist
  • Stephen C. Phillips (1801-1857), American politician and merchant and former U.S. representative from Massachusetts
  • Tripp Phillips (b. 1977), American professional tennis player
  • Utah Phillips (1935-2008), American labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet
  • Waite Phillips (1883-1964), oilman and philanthropist; founded Philbrook Art Museum (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Philmont (now a Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico)
  • Wally Phillips (1925-2008), American radio personality in Chicago, Illinois
  • Washington Phillips (1880-1954), American 1920s gospel singer and zither player
  • William Philips (1675-1734), English playwright, soldier, and author (son of George Philips)
  • Zara Phillips (b. 1981), British equestrian