The ancestors of the Phillots family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived from the name Phillipot,
which is a version of the ancient given name Phillip. Phillip
derives from the Greek name Phillipos,
which derives from the words philein,
meaning to love,
Early Origins of the Phillots family
The surname Phillots was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Phillots family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phillots research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1640 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Phillots History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phillots Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Phillpott, Phillpotts, Phillpot, Phillpots, Philpot, Philpots, Philpott and many more.
Early Notables of the Phillots family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Phillpott. The Journal of the House of Lords, Volume 3: 20 May 1624 states that "Sir... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phillots Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Phillots family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Phillots or a variant listed above: Henry Philpot settled in Virginia in 1607; Phillip and John Philpott, who arrived in Barbados in 1634; Margaret Phillpot who settled in Virginia in 1654 with her husband.