Phibs is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Phibs is a name that 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 Phibs family
The surname Phibs 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 Phibs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phibs research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1694, 1797, 1863, 1838, 1656, 1723 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Phibs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phibs Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Phipps, Phipson, Phips and others.
Early Notables of the Phibs 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 Phibs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Phibs family to Ireland
Some of the Phibs family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Phibs family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Phibs or a variant listed above were: 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..