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By Olivia Musembi Senior Content Writer
Updated: Jul 11, 2024 | 👁️ 18 Views | 🔊 14 Pronunciations
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Gender: Male

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Affectionate, Who Kisses

Pronunciation: FIL-uh-mun, /ˈfɪləˌmʌn/, F AH L EY M AH N

Popularity Rank: #19,161

On this page:

  • 1. Philemon Meaning
  • 2. Philemon Pronunciation Guide
  • 3. Record your pronunciation of Philemon
  • 4. Translations of Philemon
  • 5. Philemon Name Popularity
  • 6. Philemon popularity in U.S.
  • 7. Famous People with Name Philemon
  • 8. Philemon Name Poster
  • 9. Names similar to Philemon

Philemon Meaning

Derived from the Greek name Φιλημων (Philemon), which meant "affectionate". This was the name of a Christian in the New Testament who was a friend of Saint Paul.

Philemon also means "Affectionate, Who Kisses".

Philemon is commonly found in South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, and 42 more countries.

Philemon Pronunciation Guide

Phonetic Pronunciation: FIL-uh-mun

IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet): /ˈfɪləˌmʌn/

ARPAbet phonetic pronunciation: F AH L EY M AH N

F: Pronounce as in "fish" (F IH SH)

AH: Pronounce as in "but" (B AH T)

L: Pronounce as in "let" (L EH T)

EY: Pronounce as in "they" (DH EY)

M: Pronounce as in "man" (M AE N)

AH: Pronounce as in "but" (B AH T)

N: Pronounce as in "no" (N OW)

This pronunciation guide uses the ARPABET system, a phonetic notation developed by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) for speech recognition systems. Each ARPABET symbol corresponds to a distinct sound in English. For example, 'JH' represents the sound as in 'joke,' 'AA' represents the sound as in 'father,' and 'N' represents the sound as in 'no.'

The pronunciation guide was generated using the CMU Pronouncing Dictionary, a public domain resource for phonetic pronunciations of words.

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Translations of Philemon

Philemon Name Popularity

At NamesLook, the name Philemon is recorded 2,186 times globally, ranking it as the 19,161th most common name worldwide.

Philemon is most prevalent in South Africa, with 851 occurrences, making it the 2,218th most popular name in the country.

In Ghana, the name Philemon is found among 1 in every 1445 people, showcasing its highest frequency there.

Philemon Popularity by Country

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South Africa#2,2181 : 2,755
Nigeria#1,8161 : 1,966
Cameroon#1,2141 : 2,104
Ghana#8891 : 1,445
United States of America#22,3161 : 26,219
France#14,9261 : 22,101
Egypt#40,9611 : 65,543
Malaysia#25,7501 : 62,206
Namibia#1,5661 : 4,508
United Kingdom#17,6421 : 23,835

List of countries the name Philemon is rarely found

Philemon popularity in U.S.


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