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Where did the English Philpot family come from? What is the English Philpot family crest and coat of arms? When did the Philpot family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Philpot family history?

The name Philpot was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the name Phillipot, which is a version of the ancient given name Phillip. Phillip derives from the Greek name Phillipos, which derives from the words philein, meaning to love, and hippos, meaning horse.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Philpot family name include Phillpott, Phillpotts, Phillpot, Phillpots, Philpot, Philpots, Philpott and many more.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Philpot research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1640 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Philpot History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Philpot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Philpot family to immigrate North America:

Philpot Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Philpot settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Henry Philpot, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Richard Philpot, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Robert Philpot, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Thomas, John, Richard and William Philpot, who all came to Virginia in 1653

Philpot Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Philpot, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Spencer Philpot, who arrived in New York in 1789

Philpot Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Philpot, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas D Philpot, who landed in Mississippi in 1860


  • J Morgan Philpot, American Politician, member of the Utah house of Representatives
  • Andrew "Andy" Philpot, American actor and voice actor
  • Glyn Warren Philpot (1884-1937), English artist
  • Robin Philpot (b. 1948), Canadian journalist and politician in Quebec
  • Cory Philpot, former running back for the B.C. Lions of the CFL
  • Oliver Philpot, World War II Beaufort RAF pilot who was shot down and wrote a book about his exploits in various POW camps leading up to his escape


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The Philpot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Philpot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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