Phillimore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Phillimore is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Kent, where they took their name from some spot no longer known. However, the etymology of the name can be determined. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English roots fille, which means full or fertile, and mere, a word which meant lake. [1]

"This family formerly wrote their name Finmere, Fylmere, Filmour, and Filmor, temp. Edw. III., but of late, Filmer, and were seated at Otterinden in Kent, at a place called Finmore." [2]

Early Origins of the Phillimore family

The surname Phillimore was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very ancient times at the manor of Herst, in the parish of Otterden, since the rteign of Edward II." [3]

"Filmers belong to a distinguished Kentish family that had its home at East Sutton during the 17th century; some of its members were baronets, and others were sheriffs of the county." [4]

Early History of the Phillimore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phillimore research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1688, 1588, 1653, 1622, 1676, 1657, 1707, 1648, 1720, 1689, 1683 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Phillimore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phillimore Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Phillimore family name include Fillmore, Filmore, Filmer, Filmere, Filmour and others.

Early Notables of the Phillimore family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Filmer, a 16th-century English Protestant martyr, one of the Windsor Martyrs, during the reign of Henry VIII; William Fulman (1632-1688), an English antiquary 'the son of a sufficient carpenter'; Sir Robert Filmer (c. 1588-1653), an English political theorist who defended the divine right of...
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United States Phillimore migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Phillimore surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Phillimore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Phillimore, aged 35, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1909 [5]

Australia Phillimore migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Phillimore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Phillimore, (b. 1819), aged 29 born in Penryn, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 25th March 1848, sentenced for 7 years for stealing a cake, transported aboard the ship "Cadet" in 1848 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [6]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Phillimore, (b. 1814), aged 29, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 25th March 1848, sentenced for 7 years for stealing a cake from James Spargo at Falmouth, transported aboard the ship "Cadet" on 10th November 1848 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Phillip Phillimore, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Phillimore (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Phillimore (1881-1956), English prelate, Anglican Archdeacon of Middlesex (1933-1953)
  • Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore (1810-1885), 1st Baronet, English jurist and politician
  • Joseph Phillimore (1775-1855), English civil lawyer, politician and Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford
  • John George Phillimore (1808-1865), English barrister, jurist and politician, eldest son of Joseph Phillimore
  • Claud Phillimore (1911-1994), 4th Baron Phillimore, English architect
  • William Phillimore Watts Phillimore (1853-1913), British lawyer, genealogist, and publisher, the founder of Phillimore & Co. Ltd
  • Walter Phillimore (1845-1929), 1st Baron Phillimore, British lawyer and judge, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Admiral Sir Richard Fortescue Phillimore GCB KCMG MVO (1864-1940), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
  • Sir John Phillimore (1781-1840), British Royal Navy captain who served in the the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
  • Greville Phillimore (1821-1884), British Anglican priest and hymnal compiler, 5th son of Joseph Phillimore
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Harold Charles William Phillimore, aged 23, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 14 [9]


  1. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1853.shtml
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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