Fipps is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the ancient given name Phillip. Phillip
derives from the Greek name Phillipos,
which derives from the words philein,
meaning to love,
Early Origins of the Fipps family
The surname Fipps was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fipps family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fipps research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1694, 1797, 1863 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Fipps History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fipps 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 Fipps family name include Phipps, Phipson, Phips and others.
Early Notables of the Fipps family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Phips (Phipps) (1650-1694), American shipwright, ship's captain, treasure hunter, military leader, the first royally-appointed governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, best remembered for... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fipps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fipps family to the New World and Oceana
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 Fipps family to immigrate North America: Francis Phipps, who came to Virginia in 1654; James Phipps, who settled in Maine in 1630; John Phipps, who settled in Virginia in 1654; as well as Thomas Phipps, who came to Barbados in 1655..