Philippe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Philippe family can find its origins within the landscape of Medieval France, particularly in that coastal region once known as Normandy. Their name is derived from the ancient Greek name Phillippos, which is composed of the elements philos, meaning love, and hippos, meaning horse, and indicated a person who loved horses.

Early Origins of the Philippe family

The surname Philippe was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat as an aristocratic family at Marigny. Conjecturally, this family may be descended from Phillip, the Count of Namur, but there have been many Kings of this name including Philip I, King of France, King Philip Augustus, Philip the Bold, Philip of Valois, or Philip of France, Duke of Burgundy, and many saints, bishops, Dukes, and other nobility and place names.

Early History of the Philippe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Philippe research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1584, 1291, 1361, 1643, 1727, 1667, 1687, 1699 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Philippe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Philippe Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Philippe, some of which include Philippe, Phillippe, Phillippes, Philippes, Philipp, Phillipp, Phelipe, Phelippe, Phellippe, Phellippes, Philipe, Phillipes, Philip, Phillip and many more.

Early Notables of the Philippe family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Philippe of Vitry, Composer of music and counselor to Jean, Duke of Normandy, 1291-1361. Louis Phélypeaux (1643-1727), was Marquis de Phélypeaux (1667), Comte de Maurepas (1687), Comte de Pontchartrain (1699), known as the Chancellor de Pontchartrain, was a French politician. Isle Phelipeaux or Isle Philippeaux - also called Isle Minong is a phantom...
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Philippe Ranking

In France, the name Philippe is the 96th most popular surname with an estimated 29,483 people with that name. [1]


United States Philippe migration to the United States +

France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Philippe were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Philippe were

Philippe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedrich Philippe, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [2]
  • Henry Philippe, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Philippe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Philippe Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Laurent Philippe, son of Charles and Marie, who married Charlotte Giguère, daughter of Robert and Aymée, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Quebec on 11th October 1669 [3]
  • Jean Philippe, son of Nicolas and Marie, who married Catherine Galerneau, daughter of Jacques and Jacqueline, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 30th July 1685 [3]
  • Raymond-René Philippe, son of Philippe and Marie, who married Marie Aubuchon, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 20th September 1698 [3]
Philippe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Bernard Philippe, son of Jacques and Marie-Anne, who married Anne Gallien, daughter of Robert and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 18th March 1712 [3]
  • Jacques Philippe, son of Jean and Catherine, who married Marie-Angélique Bodin, daughter of Pierre and Angélique, in Quebec on 17th June 1715 [3]
  • Jean-Baptiste Philippe, son of Jean and Catherine, who married Marie Letard, daughter of François and Marthe, in Boucherville, Quebec on 5th November 1731 [3]
  • Louis-Jacques Philippe, son of Jacques and Marie-Angélique, who married Marie-Louise Martel, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 18th October 1751 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Philippe (post 1700) +

  • Claude-Jean Philippe (1933-2016), born Claude Nahon, French film critic, essayist, diarist, director, and producer
  • Georges Philippe Saboureux, de Fontenay, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Charles Philippe Ronsin, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Jacques Philippe Ottavi, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Nicolas Philippe Guye, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Jacques Philippe Desemery, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • Jacques Philippe Bonnaud, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Jacques Philippe Avice, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [10]
  • Jean Philippe Rolin (1949-1988), French writer and journalist, recipient of the Albert Londres Prize for journalism in 1988
  • Louis Philippe Demers (1863-1951), Canadian lawyer, professor, and politician


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, September 9) Georges Saboureux. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Charles Ronsin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, June 16) Jacques Ottavi. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 9) Nicolas Guye. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 27) Jacques Desemery. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jacques Bonnaud. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  10. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jacques Avice. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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