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Phelps History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Welsh


The Phelps surname was derived from the personal names Phelp or Philp, which were pet-forms of the personal name Philip. This name, usually Latinized as Philippus, was originally derived from the Greek name Philippos. This Greek name was composed of the words "philein," which means "to love," and "hippos," which means "horse." The personal name Philip owed its popularity to the medieval romances about Alexander the Great, whose father was Philip of Macedon.

Early Origins of the Phelps family


The surname Phelps was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), 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.

Early History of the Phelps family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phelps research.
Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1283 is included under the topic Early Phelps History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phelps Spelling Variations


Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Phelps has seen various spelling variations: Phelps, Phellps, Phelpe, Phelpes, Phelphes and others.

Early Notables of the Phelps family (pre 1700)


More information is included under the topic Early Phelps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Phelps family to the New World and Oceana


The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Phelps:

Phelps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Phelps, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George, Richard, Nathaniel, Sarah, Samuel, and William Phelps, who all, who settled in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1630
  • George Phelps, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Samuel Phelps, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Henry Phelps, who arrived in New England in 1634 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Phelps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Phelps, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Phelps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Phelps, who landed in Mississippi in 1853 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Andrew Phelps, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Phelps Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Edward Phelps U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [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. Elijah Phelps U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers [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
  • Amos Phelps, who arrived in Quebec in 1793

Phelps Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hiram Phelps, who landed in Canada in 1833
  • Orson Phelps, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Calvin Phelps, who landed in Canada in 1839
  • Oliver Seymour Phelps, who landed in Canada in 1840

Phelps Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Phelps, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anglia" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Anglia.gif
  • John Phelps, aged 48, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 20th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Willaim Hammond 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamhammond1854.shtml.
  • Thomas Phelps, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 20th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Willaim Hammond 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamhammond1854.shtml.
  • William Phelps, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 20th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Willaim Hammond 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamhammond1854.shtml.
  • Jane Phelps, aged 23, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 20th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Willaim Hammond 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamhammond1854.shtml.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Phelps Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Phelps, aged 35, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Mary Ann Phelps, aged 23, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Benjamin Phelps, aged 41, a shoemaker, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Sarah J. Phelps, aged 34, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • William E. Phelps, aged 9, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Phelps (post 1700)


  • Brigadier-General Joseph Vinvil Phelps (1898-1981), American Senior Instructor to Pennsylvania National Guard (1948-1949) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Joseph Phelps. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Phelps/Joseph_Vinvil/USA.html
  • John Wolcott Phelps (1813-1885), Union Army general in the American Civil War
  • John Jay Phelps (1810-1869), American railroad Baron and financier, one of the founders of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
  • William Wines Phelps (1792-1872), early American leader of the Latter Day Saints
  • Edmund Strother Phelps Jr. (b. 1933), American economist, winner of the 2006 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
  • Michael Fred Phelps (b. 1985), American Olympic swimmer, winner of 18 gold, two sliver, and two bronze Olympic medals [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, December 14) Michael Phelps. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/michael-phelps
  • Private Wesley Phelps, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943), American literary critic
  • Edward John Phelps (1822-1900), American diplomat, and lawyer, who was the ambassador to Britain (1885-1889)
  • Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Phelps family



HMS Dorsetshire

  • Eddie Phelps, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Henry F Phelps (b. 1901), English Blacksmith 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Plymouth, Devonshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Phelps, British Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

HMS Royal Oak

  • Cyril Edgar Phelps (1909-1939), British Leading Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

Suggested Readings for the name Phelps


  • Phelps Family from Z to A by William Herald Swango.
  • Phelps-Marshall Kinship by Nancy G. McBride.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Anglia.gif
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 20th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Willaim Hammond 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamhammond1854.shtml.
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Joseph Phelps. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Phelps/Joseph_Vinvil/USA.html
  6. ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, December 14) Michael Phelps. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/michael-phelps
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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