Show ContentsFipps History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, and hippos, meaning horse.

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

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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

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...
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Ireland Migration of the Fipps family to Ireland

Some of the Fipps family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Fipps 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 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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Fipps (post 1700) +

  • Heather Fipps, American director, known for Weather or Not (2013) and XOXO (2016)
  • Corey Fipps, American head coach of the Kentucky Christian Knights football club
  • Paul Fipps, American Past Chairperson of Americas' SAP Users' Group on Facebook