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Where did the Welsh Phillips family come from? What is the Welsh Phillips family crest and coat of arms? When did the Phillips family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Phillips family history?

The ancestors of the bearers of the name Phillips were the ancient Britons that inhabited in the hills and Moors of Wales. This surname was derived from the personal name Philip. This name, which was usually Latinized as Philippus, was originally derived from the Greek name Philippos. This Greek name was composed of the words "philein," which means "to love," and "hippos," which means "horse." The personal name Philip owed its popularity to the medieval romances about Alexander the Great, whose father was Philip of Macedon.

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There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Phillips have included Phillips, Philips, Phillip, Philip, Pilip, Pillips, Fillip, Filip, Filips, Phillipes, Philipes, Phillup, Philups, Fillups, Filups, Pilups, Pillups, Fulop and many more.

First found in Kent, where legend has it that the family (but not the surname) is descended from Maximus, the Briton, Roman Emperor from 383 until his death in 388, and the King of Britain, when he married the daughter of Octavius, King of the Britons. Later the family was forced back into Wales by the invading Saxons, where they traditionally claim descent from Tudwal (c.AD 528-564) "of the wounded knee," a descendant of Rhodri Mawr, first King of Wales.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phillips research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1279, 1586, 1638, 1604, 1629, 1613, 1680, 1640, 1640, 1644, 1674, 1749, 1676, 1709, 1701, 1594, 1674, 1653, 1662, 1630, 1696, 1631, 1706, 1638, 1699, 1640, 1720, 1724, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Phillips History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 329 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phillips Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Phillips family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Phillips:

Phillips Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elinor and Henry Phillips who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Phillips, who came to Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Bartholmew Phillips, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • Day Phillips, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Alice Phillips, who arrived in Maryland in 1648


Phillips Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Phillips, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Ellinor Phillips, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Daniel Phillips, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Elizabeth Phillips, who landed in Carolina in 1724
  • Edmund Phillips, who arrived in Virginia in 1741

Phillips Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernard Phillips, who arrived in Long Island in 1815
  • Grace Phillips, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Alexander Lewis Phillips, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Cecil Phillips, aged 3, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1838
  • Abraham, Alexander, Ann, David, and George Phillips, and many others who arrived at Philadelphia between 1807 and 1840


Phillips Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George Phillips, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Evan Phillips, who settled in Newfoundland between 1663-1679

Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Diana Phillips, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eleonor Phillips, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Phillips, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • John Phillips, aged 21, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • David Phillips, aged 35, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Sally Phillips, aged 21, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Robert Phillips arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838


Phillips Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Charles Phillips, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Phillips Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Bat Phillips, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Sampson Phillips, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Phillips, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Solomon Phillips, a blacksmith, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • B.A. Phillips, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832


Phillips Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Phillips, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • John Phillips, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Catherine Phillips, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Henry Phillips, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Fanny Phillips, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841


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  • Mr. Wallace Banta Phillips, American 1st Class Passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15
  • Frederick Sandford Phillips (1961-1988), American Student from Little Rock, Arkansas, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Lanier W. Phillips (1923-2012), African-American survivor of the wreck of the USS Truxtun off the coast of Newfoundland, the first US Navy black sonar technician, awarded an honorary degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008 and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Howard Phillips (1941-2013), American politician, founder of the Constitution Party
  • John McCandlish Phillips Jr., (1927-2013), American journalist and author on religious subjects who worked at the New York Times from 1952 to 1973
  • Pauline Esther Phillips (1918-2013), also known as Abigail Van Buren, an American advice columnist and radio show host who began the "Dear Abby" column in 1956
  • Ralph Saul Phillips (1913-1998), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 1997
  • John L. Phillips PH.D. (b. 1951), American NASA Astronaut with over 203 days in space
  • Claire Phillips (1908-1960), American spy and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Corporal Ruben J. Phillips (1874-1936), American Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery

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  • Descendants of William and Elizabeth (Iser) Phillips of Columbiana County, Ohio By Rita Hineman Townsend.
  • Hatfield and Phillips Families of Eastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia by Harry Leon Sellards.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ducit amor patriae
Motto Translation: Patriotism leads me.

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The Phillips Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Phillips Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 April 2015 at 10:17.

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