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The name Philpot was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes 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.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Philpot family name include Phillpott, Phillpotts, Phillpot, Phillpots, Philpot, Philpots, Philpott and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Philpot research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1640 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Philpot History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Philpot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Philpot family to immigrate North America:

Philpot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Philpot settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Henry Philpot, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Richard Philpot, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Robert Philpot, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Thomas, John, Richard and William Philpot, who all came to Virginia in 1653


Philpot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Philpot, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Spencer Philpot, who arrived in New York in 1789

Philpot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Philpot, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas D Philpot, who landed in Mississippi in 1860

Philpot Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Philpot arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • Mary Ann Philpot arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • Edward C. Philpot, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green"
  • Eliza Philpot, aged 27, a cook, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"

Philpot Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Philpot arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Eliza Philpot arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Thomas Philpot, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Owen Philpot, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • John Philpot, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878


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  • Cory Philpot, American former CFL football running back for the B.C. Lions (1993-1997) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1999-2000), two-time winner of the Eddie James Memorial Trophy
  • John Philpot, American actor, known for The White River Kid (1999) and The 100 Days That Didn't Shake the World (2009)
  • Jon Philpot, American Daytime Emmy Award winning editor, known for his work on Wonder Showzen (2005), First Descent (2005) and Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter (2015)
  • Andrew "Andy" Philpot, American actor and voice actor, known for his work on Castle in the Sky (1986), Twilight of the Dark Master (1997) and Final Fantasy X (2001)
  • J Morgan Philpot, American Politician, member of the Utah house of Representatives
  • Glyn Warren Philpot (1884-1937), English artist, best known for his portraits many of which can be seen at The Tate Gallery (1938), The Ashmolean Museum, Pallant House Gallery and founding member of The National Portrait Gallery in 1911
  • Oliver Lawrence Spurling Philpot (1913-1993), Canadian World War II Beaufort RAF pilot who was shot down and wrote a book about his exploits in various POW camps leading up to his escape, one of the three men to successfully escape from Stalag Luft III
  • Tony Philpot, British music recordist, best known for his work on 180 episodes of Last of the Summer Wine (1986-2008)
  • Robin Philpot (b. 1948), Canadian journalist and politician in Quebec


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The Philpot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Philpot 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 4 February 2016 at 04:58.

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