Philippon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Philippon 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 Philippon family

The surname Philippon 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.

Important Dates for the Philippon family

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

Philippon Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Philippon, including Philippe, Phillippe, Phillippes, Philippes, Philipp, Phillipp, Phelipe, Phelippe, Phellippe, Phellippes, Philipe, Phillipes, Philip, Phillip and many more.

Early Notables of the Philippon family (pre 1700)

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Philippon migration to Canada

Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. 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 Philippon were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Philippon were

Philippon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Philippon, who arrived in Canada in 1737

Contemporary Notables of the name Philippon (post 1700)

  • Thomas Philippon, French economist
  • Antoine Philippon (b. 1989), French footballer
  • Armand Philippon (1761-1836), French soldier during the French Revolution and the subsequent First French Empire

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