Phillip History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Phillip 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 Phillip family

The surname Phillip 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 Phillip family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phillip 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 Phillip History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phillip Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Phillip is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Philippe, Phillippe, Phillippes, Philippes, Philipp, Phillipp, Phelipe, Phelippe, Phellippe, Phellippes, Philipe, Phillipes, Philip, Phillip and many more.

Early Notables of the Phillip 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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Phillip Ranking

In the United States, the name Phillip is the 4,866th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Phillip migration to the United States +

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Phillip has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Phillip were

Phillip Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Phillip, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Phillip and his son Joseph settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
Phillip Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John and Joseph Phillip, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753 and 1759 respectively
Phillip Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Phillip, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [2]
  • Etienne Phillip, who arrived in Mississippi in 1852 [2]
  • J. Phillip, who settled in Texas in 1858
Phillip Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. James Phillip, (b. 1879), aged 24, Cornish miner, from Scorrier, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 31st May 1903 en route to Manorville, Pennsylvania, USA [3]

Australia Phillip migration to Australia +

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

Phillip Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Phillip, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848 [4]
  • Judge J. Phillip, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [5]
  • James Phillip, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [6]
  • Hannah Phillip, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

New Zealand Phillip migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Phillip Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Phillip, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry J Phillip, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Phillip, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Arthur Phillip, aged 15, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Phillip (post 1700) +

  • Admiral Arthur Phillip (1738-1814), English vice-admiral born in the parish of Allhallows, Bread Street, London, he was assigned the duty of forming a convict settlement in Australia in 1786 and became the 1st Governor of New South Wales
  • Andrew Michael "Handy Andy Phillip (1922-2001), American guard/forward in professional basketball
  • Mrs. Katherine FIona Phillip O.B.E., née Craig, British Deputy Complex Trauma Manager for Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Armed Forces Casualty Recovery [7]
  • William Phillip (b. 1600), English translator who made several translations, chiefly of books of travel, from the Dutch
  • John Phillip (1817-1867), Scottish subject and portrait painter from Aberdeen
  • Mary Phillip (b. 1977), English football player
  • Anthony Phillip Mann MNZM (1942-2022), British-born New Zealand science fiction author, professor of drama at Victoria
  • Grant Phillip Dibden (b. 1961), Australian Anglican bishop and former military officer and chaplain, who has served as Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force since 18 March 2020
  • Peter Phillip Bonetti (1941-2020), English football goalkeeper for the England National Team (1966-1970) nicknamed "The Cat"
  • Mr. Richard Phillip Barber M.B.E., British Warrant Officer, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [7]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Navarino.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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