The name Phibbs arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Phibbs 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 Phibbs family
The surname Phibbs 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 Phibbs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phibbs research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1694, 1797, 1863 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Phibbs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phibbs Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Phipps, Phipson, Phips and others.
Early Notables of the Phibbs 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 Phibbs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Phibbs family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Phibbs or a variant listed above: 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..