Philbin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Philbin surname in Ireland derives from several sources, but there was certainly a native Gaelic name which evolved into such names as MacPhilbin and MacPhillips.

Early Origins of the Philbin family

The surname Philbin was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where historian O'Donovan, in the Annals of the Four Masters (1355) lists MacPhilbin as one of the chiefs of the district then known as Sil Anmachada in east Galway.

Early History of the Philbin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Philbin research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1635, 1786, 1787, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Philbin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Philbin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacPhilbin, McPhilbin, Philbin, Philben, Phillips and others.

Early Notables of the Philbin family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Philbin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Philbin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Philbin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Philbin, who settled in Baltimore, Md, in 1834
  • Michael Philbin, aged 30, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]

New Zealand Philbin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Philbin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Philbin, aged 45, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Rachel Philbin, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mr. Thomas Philbin, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Inchinnan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 27th May 1852 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Philbin (post 1700) +

  • Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (1931-2020), American Emmy Award-winning TV personality and game show host Best known as the host of TV's "Live With Regis and Kelly," he holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera
  • John Philbin (b. 1960), American character actor, known for Point Break (1991), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Tombstone (1993)
  • Philip Joseph Philbin (1898-1972), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1943-1971)
  • Joseph Philbin (b. 1961), American offensive line and assistant head coach for the Indianapolis Colts
  • Bette Joy Senese Philbin (b. 1941), American television personality, wife of Regis Philbin
  • Jennifer Joy "J. J." Philbin (b. 1974), American producer and screenwriter, best known for her work on the drama series The O.C., daughter of Regis Philbin and his wife Joy Philbin
  • Eugene Ambrose Philbin (1857-1920), American lawyer and politician, New York County District Attorney from 1900 to 1901
  • Gerald John "Gerry" Philbin (b. 1941), American former professional NFL football player who played from 1964 to 1974, member of the All-time American Football League Team
  • Mary Philbin (1903-1993), American silent film actress, best known for her as Christine Daaé in the 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera
  • William J. Philbin (1907-1991), Irish Roman Catholic Prelate, Bishop of Down and Connor (1962-1982)
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Richard Philbin, American Seaman First Class from Colorado, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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