English - Alternative Forms
English - Etymology
English - Proper Noun
- (Greek mythology) A girl who killed herself for love, and was turned into an almond tree.
A female given name derived from the mythological character.
- 1599 John Farmer, Fair Phyllis (a madrigal):
- 1855 A.W., The Little Foot-Page, in Chambers's Journal, No. 92, Oct. 6, 1855:
1906 Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children, Chapter 11:
- "Look," said Bobbie, "I've made the nest all right again. Give me the bit of stick to mark your initial name on it. But how can you? Your letter and Peter's are the same. P. for Peter, P. for Phyllis." "I put F. for Phyllis," said the child of that name. "That's how it sounds. The swallows wouldn't spell Phyllis with a P., I'm certain-sure."
- 2002 Patricia McCune Irvine, A Tinkling Cymbal, iUniverse, ISBN 0595227341, page 183:
- The given name was mostly limited to pastoral poetry until it became popular in the Anglo-Saxon world during the first half of the 20th century.