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Origins Available: Irish, Welsh


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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The surname Phillips 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
  • Private. John Phillips U.E., (Philips) (b. 1757) born in Rhode Island, New York, USA from Kingsbury, Charlotte County, New York who arrived at Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1777, then he resettled in Chambly, Quebec in 1784 he enlisted in 1777 serving in Major Roger's command of the King's Rangers, married to Ann Burden in 1757 having 11 children, he died in Chambley, Quebec [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Martha Phillips U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 513 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Matthew Phillips U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Phillips, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • John Phillips, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • David Phillips, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Sally Phillips, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Robert Phillips arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
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Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Charles Phillips, who landed in Saint 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
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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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  • Keith Anthony "Tony" Phillips (1959-2016), American Major League Baseball utility player who played from 1982 to 1999
  • Lawrence Lamond Phillips (1975-2016), American NFL and CFL football player; he died in prison where he was serving a seven-year term for felony assault with a deadly weapon
  • Daniel Thomas Phillips (1842-1905), American politician, U.S. Consul in Cardiff, 1897-1905
  • Sidney C. Phillips Jr. (1924-2015), American marine and family physician who provided source material and interviews for the making of Ken Burns' PBS documentary film The War
  • Lawrence S. Phillips (1927-2015), American businessman and philanthropist, Chairman of Phillips-Van Heusen until 1995, founder and chairman of American Jewish World Service
  • Lanier W. Phillips (1923-2012), African-American survivor of the wreck of the USS Truxtun off the coast of Newfoundland, the first US Navy black sonar technician, awarded an honorary degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008 and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Howard Phillips (1941-2013), American politician, founder of the Constitution Party
  • John McCandlish Phillips Jr., (1927-2013), American journalist and author on religious subjects who worked at the New York Times from 1952 to 1973
  • 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
  • Ralph Saul Phillips (1913-1998), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 1997
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Phillips Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. James Douglas Phillips (b. 1962), American Sergeant from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Alvin Phillips (b. 1963), American Private from Oakaloosa, Iowa, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Ms. Ruthie Phillips (b. 1959), American Flight attendant from New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Master Hubert Phillips (1903-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Ethel Phillips (1901-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Rachel Phillips (1860-1914), née Pass Canadian Third Class Passenger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Frederick Ernest Phillips (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Kyogle, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ronald G Phillips (b. 1919), Scottish Paymaster Lieutenant (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Delhi, India, Moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Raymond T Phillips (b. 1920), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Norman Phillips (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Fleetwood, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Lancelot J Phillips (b. 1912), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Horace E Phillips (b. 1909), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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HMS Prince of Wales

  • Sir Tom Spencer Vaughan Phillips (b. 1888), KCB, English Admiral from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. D Phillips, British Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Phillips, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Phillips, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Phillips, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Leonard Phillips, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Frederick Sandford Phillips (1961-1988), American Student from Little Rock, Arkansas, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Wallace Banta Phillips, American 1st Class Passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15
  • Miss Mary Phillips, English Stewardess from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Phillips, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hillcrest, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Walter John Phillips (d. 1912), aged 35, English Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John George "Jack" Phillips, aged 25, English Telegraphist from Godalming, Surrey who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in collapsible B but later died in the night
  • Mr. A. George Phillips (d. 1912), aged 27, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Escott Robert Phillips (d. 1912), aged 42, English Second Class passenger from Ilfracombe, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Alice Frances Louisa Phillips, aged 21, English Second Class passenger from Ilfracombe, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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