From the Greek name Philippos, meaning ‘lover of horses’, from philein ‘to love’ + hippos ‘horse’. This was popular in the classical period and since. It was the name of the father of Alexander the Great. It was also the name of one of Christ's apostles, of a deacon ordained by the apostles after the death of Christ, and of several other early saints. See also Philippa.
Shortened form of Greek Vangelis, itself from a shortened form of the personal name Evangelos, based on New Testament Greek euangelistēs ‘evangelist’ (see Evangelista). It may also be a reduced form of a patronymic derivative of this name, e.g. Vangelidis, Vangelopoulos, etc.