Philly is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Philly is a name that comes from 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 Philly family
The surname Philly was first found in Berwickshire
. However some of the family were also found in the parish of Windermere in Westmorland
. "The church [of Windermere], situated at Bowness, is a simple and venerable edifice, of which the east window of stained glass is said to have been brought from Furness Abbey: there are several curious memorials of the Philipson family, once the owners of Rayrigg, Calgarth, and the Island; and among the monuments of modern date." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Philly family
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Philly Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Phillipson, Phillippson, Philippson, Philipson and others.
Early Notables of the Philly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Philly family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Philly or a variant listed above were: Robert Phillipson settled in Virginia in 1638; John Phillipson settled in Virginia in 1739.