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,
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Early History of the Philo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Philo research.Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1640, 1589, 1645, 1624 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Philo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 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... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Philo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Philo family to Ireland
Some of the Philo family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Philo family to the New World and Oceana
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