Philo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Philo family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Philo came 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, and hippos, meaning horse.

Early Origins of the Philo family

The surname Philo 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.

One of the earliest records of the family was that of Sir John Philpot, Phelipot (died 1384.) He was Mayor of London, but was a native of Kent. He became a member of the Grocers' Company of London where one of the earliest members was Phelypot Farnham. [1]

Early History of the Philo family

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Philo Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Phillpott, Phillpotts, Phillpot, Phillpots, Philpot, Philpots, Philpott and many more.

Early Notables of the Philo family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Philpot (1516-1555), English prelate, Archdeacon of Winchester, third son of Sir Peter Philpot, born at Compton, Hampshire; Sir John Phillpott (1589-1645), Somerset herald, son of Henry Philpot and his wife. The Journal of the House of Lords, Volume 3: 20 May 1624 states that "Sir John Phillpott, Knight, is certified to be a Captain of a Foot Company in Hampshire; and that he and his Wife and his Children are Papists." Thomas Philpot (died 1682) was a poet and miscellaneous writer, son of John Philipot, the Somerset herald. [1] Roger Filcock (d. 1601), was...
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Migration of the Philo family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Philo 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Philo (post 1700) +

  • George E. Philo, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1897
  • Asahel Philo, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1835
  • John Philo Hoyt (1841-1926), American politician and jurist
  • Herbert Philo Marsh (b. 1864), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Sheldon, 1910 [2]
  • Robert Philo Anibal (1845-1908), American Democrat politician, Hamilton County Judge and Surrogate, 1872-77; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1896 [3]
  • John Philo Hoyt (1841-1926), American politician, Delegate to Washington State Constitutional Convention, 1889; Justice of Washington State Supreme Court, 1890-97 [4]
  • Charles Philo Dibble (1815-1884), American politician, Mayor of Marshall, Michigan, 1859-60 [5]
  • Philo Camp Merwin (1809-1903), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield, 1863-64
  • Philo Doty, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Clinton County 1st District, 1869-72
  • Philo G. Rockwell, American politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1866-67 [6]

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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