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

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

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phillips research. Another 202 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1635, 1786, 1787, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Phillips History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Phillips Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elinor and Henry Phillips who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Phillips, who came to Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Bartholmew Phillips, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • Day Phillips, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Alice Phillips, who arrived in Maryland in 1648


Phillips Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Phillips, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Ellinor Phillips, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Daniel Phillips, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Elizabeth Phillips, who landed in Carolina in 1724
  • Edmund Phillips, who arrived in Virginia in 1741

Phillips Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernard Phillips, who arrived in Long Island in 1815
  • Grace Phillips, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Alexander Lewis Phillips, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Cecil Phillips, aged 3, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1838
  • Abraham, Alexander, Ann, David, and George Phillips, and many others who arrived at Philadelphia between 1807 and 1840


Phillips Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George Phillips, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Evan Phillips, who settled in Newfoundland between 1663-1679

Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Diana Phillips, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eleonor Phillips, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Phillips, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • John Phillips, aged 21, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • David Phillips, aged 35, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Sally Phillips, aged 21, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Robert Phillips arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838


Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Charles Phillips, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Phillips Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Bat Phillips, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Sampson Phillips, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Phillips, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Solomon Phillips, a blacksmith, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • B.A. Phillips, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832


Phillips Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Phillips, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • John Phillips, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Catherine Phillips, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Henry Phillips, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Fanny Phillips, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841


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  • Corporal Ruben J. Phillips (1874-1936), American Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • Charles Franklin Phillips (1910-1998), American economist and author
  • William Daniel Phillips (b. 1948), American Nobel Prize winning physicist (1997)
  • Private George Phillips (1926-1945), American Marine awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Claire Phillips (1908-1960), American spy and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John L. Phillips PH.D. (b. 1951), American NASA Astronaut with over 203 days in space
  • Ralph Saul Phillips (1913-1998), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 1997
  • Pauline Esther Phillips (1918-2013), also known as Abigail Van Buren, an American advice columnist and radio show host who began the "Dear Abby" column in 1956
  • John McCandlish Phillips Jr., (1927-2013), American journalist and author on religious subjects who worked at the New York Times from 1952 to 1973
  • Howard Phillips (1941-2013), American politician, founder of the Constitution Party

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  • Descendants of William and Elizabeth (Iser) Phillips of Columbiana County, Ohio By Rita Hineman Townsend.
  • Hatfield and Phillips Families of Eastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia by Harry Leon Sellards.
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The Phillips Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Phillips 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.

This page was last modified on 21 February 2015 at 18:36.

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