Filpott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Filpott came to England with the ancestors of the Filpott family in the Norman Conquest of 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.

Early Origins of the Filpott family

The surname Filpott was 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.

One of the earliest records of the family was that of Sir John Philpot, Phelipot (died 1384.) He was Mayor of London, but was a native of Kent. He became a member of the Grocers' Company of London where one of the earliest members was Phelypot Farnham. [1]

Early History of the Filpott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filpott research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1640, 1516, 1555, 1589, 1645, 1624, 1682, 1601, 1588, 1600 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Filpott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Filpott Spelling Variations

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 Filpott family name include Phillpott, Phillpotts, Phillpot, Phillpots, Philpot, Philpots, Philpott and many more.

Early Notables of the Filpott family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Philpot (1516-1555), English prelate, Archdeacon of Winchester, third son of Sir Peter Philpot, born at Compton, Hampshire; Sir John Phillpott (1589-1645), Somerset herald, son of Henry Philpot and his wife. The Journal of the House of Lords, Volume 3: 20 May 1624 states that "Sir John Phillpott, Knight, is certified to be a Captain of a Foot Company in Hampshire; and that he and his Wife and his Children are Papists." Thomas Philpot (died 1682) was a poet and miscellaneous writer, son of John Philipot, the Somerset herald. [1] Roger Filcock (d. 1601), was...
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Migration of the Filpott family

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 Filpott family to immigrate North America: Henry Philpot settled in Virginia in 1607; Phillip and John Philpott, who arrived in Barbados in 1634; Margaret Phillpot who settled in Virginia in 1654 with her husband.



  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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