Last name: Phillips

This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is one of the many surnames generated by the male given name Philip, itself coming from the Greek "Philippos", a compound of "philein", to love, and "hippos", horse; hence, "lover of horses". Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, was a famous bearer of the name, and its popularity throughout Greece and Asia Minor and subsequently in western Europe, was largely due to him. The name was born 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 "Documents relating to the Danelaw", Lincolnshire, dated 1142, and as "Philipus in the Gilbertine Houses Charters of Lincolnshire, circa 1150. Henry Phelipe, noted in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Norfolk, was the earliest recorded bearer of the surname. The patronymic form emerges simultaneously (see below), and in the modern idiom appears variously as Phil(l)ips, Phil(l)ipps, Phil(l)ipse, Phelps, Phelips and Phelops. John Phillips, who embarked from London in the ship "Merchant's Hope", bound for Virginia in July 1635, was one of the earliest recorded namebearers to settle in America. A Coat of Arms granted to the Phillips family of London in 1634 is silver, a black lion rampant, collared, chained and ducally crowned gold. 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", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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rebecca phillips

what dose my crest look like I have to know

Bailey Phillips

I did some research and found that a Jo Phillips, age 28 was on the Merchants Blessing in 1635, but no John Phillips. Although two men by the name of John Phillips were aboard ships in 1634 (The Hopewell. John was 37), and in 1630 (The Winthrop Fleet. There was no age given). Also aboard The Winthrop Fleet, was another man by the name of John Phillips traveling with Joan, and there was also Rev. George Phillips as well.

Harrison Phillips
It's awesome to have SO many Phillips members!!!!

Pastor J Hubbard
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Jacob Phillips

Victoria phillips

Rob Phillips
My family came from Llanelli in Wales, to Canada.

My family came from Ohio to Indiana

Edward Phillips
My family comes from Sunderland

Alexander Phillips
My family is from Durham County Durham England

John L Phillips
Great Grand Father's name was John Austin Phillips, lived in Alabama around late 1800 or early 1900 was rumored to have started another family else where.and did sawmill work

Is the origin of this name Goudlock

Michael Phillips
I live about 15 Miles away from Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales. A very well known Phillips family lives there. "Philps and Philpin are other variants of Philip, chiefly found in Pembrokeshire, though some may be of southwest English origin. From 1813 to 1837, this surname was found across Wales but was far more common in the south than the north and more common in the west than in the east. Source: The Surnames of Wales, by John & Sheila Rowlands". ( I live around Fishguard the South & West of Wales.


Jackie Lee Phillips
Marriage between surname Brewer and Phillips

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