Last name: Phelps
Recorded in over one hundred spelling forms from Phillipus, Philip, Phipps, Phelps, and apparently Pherps, and found through Christendom, this is a surname of Greek origins. However spelt it derives from the personal name of Ancient Greek origins "Philippos", a compound of the words "philein" meaning to love and "hippos", a horse; and hence "lover of horses". Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, was the first famous bearer of the name, and its popularity throughout Greece and Asia Minor was largely due to him. The name was borne by five kings of France, including Philip 1st, who reigned from 1060 to 1108. It entered England via France in the 12th Century and appears as "Filippus" in the "Documents relating to the Danelaw", for Lincolnshire in the year 1142. Henry Phelipe was noted in the Hundred Rolls of Norfolk in 1273 and the patronymic form of the name also appears at this time, with the final "-s" being a reduced form of "son of". John Phippes is registered in the Calendar of Plea and Memoranda Rolls in 1364, and the Phipps family, the marquesses of Normandy and earls of Mulgrave, are descended from Constantine Phipps (1656 - 1723), Lord Chancellor of Ireland. A slightly more humble cousin Sir William Phipps (1651 - 1695), was born in Maine, America, where his parents had emigrated. He was originally a ship's carpenter, but was knighted by Charles 11, and rose to become Governor of Massachusetts. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alicia Philippes, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire". Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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My family's genealogical research has my ancestor Thomas Felps, coming to the American colonies from the British Isles (born in Limerick, Ireland) in the 17th century. Felps was changed to Phelps with Thomas's grandson Aventon Phelps.
Neil Moray Urqhhart Phelps
My great-great-grandfather was the famous actor manager of Sadlers Wells Theatre fame. I believe his family came originally from The Great House at Shepton Mallet in Somerset - more I don't know, but would love to find out !!!
Im a Phelps from Cardiff, Wales. Now Live in Merseyside, England. If I had it my way, in 1,000 years Merseyside will be covered with Phelps' of my DNA. lol.
I don't know about German origins of the name, but I can tell you that my Phelps came to America from England on the ship Mary and John in 1630. They were Puritans.
If that's so, then you and I are related.
So am I! ;)
Andrew T Phelps
You are related to me as well!
Phelps is a variant of Guelph (Bavarian) not Phillips.Nothing stated above is correct.
Phelps is an English surname coming from the Germanic people of which English people originate from, it's the English variation so therefore it's English not welsh. The welsh always claim to be celtic then they take the audacity to steal Germanic surnames from England.
My mother was a phelps and just now discovering its english cool diane collins
I am a Phelps w/ a serois lack of knowledge of the maening of the name and or were its from.
Not sure if this helps, but I traced back my ancestry to Timothy Phelps coming from Somerset England in I believe 1547 and emigrating to Conneticut... Something like that.