Philpott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Philpott is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. 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.

Early Origins of the Philpott family

The surname Philpott 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 Philpott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Philpott research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1640, 1516, 1555, 1589, 1645, 1624, 1682, 1601, 1588, 1600 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Philpott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Philpott Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Phillpott, Phillpotts, Phillpot, Phillpots, Philpot, Philpots, Philpott and many more.

Early Notables of the Philpott 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...
Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Philpott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Philpott migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Philpott name or one of its variants:

Philpott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Philpott, aged 16, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [2]
  • Phillipp Philpott, aged 30, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [2]
  • Phillip and John Philpott, who arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • William Philpott, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [2]
  • Joan Philpott, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Philpott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Philpott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. J. Philpott, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Clarke" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 24th February 1857 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Philpott, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [4]
  • Miss Jane Philpott, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Philpott, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [4]
  • Mr. William Philpott, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Philpott (post 1700) +

  • Dean Earnest Philpott (b. 1935), nicknamed the Anaheim Assassin, a former American football fullback who played for the Chicago Cardinals (1958) and the Oakland Raiders (1960)
  • Harvey Cloyd Philpott (1909-1961), American politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 1961; he died eight months into his term
  • Ed Philpott (b. 1945), former American football linebacker
  • Delbert E. Philpott (1923-2005), American soldier and scientist
  • Harry M. Philpott (1917-2008), American President of Auburn University
  • Albert Lee Philpott (1919-1991), American politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1959-91; Speaker of the Virginia State House of Delegates
  • Lee Philpott (b. 1970), English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder and left winger from 1986 to 2008 and then managed Harrogate Town in 2005
  • Henry Philpott (1829-1880), English cricketer who played for Sussex
  • Richard Philpott (1813-1888), English cricketer
  • Henry Philpott (1807-1892), British distinguished scholar of the University of Cambridge, Bishop of Worcester
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Philpott +

  • 3338 English and American Backgrounds of a Philpott Family Line of Virginia and Maryland U.S.A. by Charles H. Philpott.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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