Philson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Philson reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Philson family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Philson is based on 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 Philson family

The surname Philson 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." [1]

Early History of the Philson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Philson research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1305 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Philson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Philson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Philson are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Philson include Phillipson, Phillippson, Philippson, Philipson and others.

Early Notables of the Philson family (pre 1700)

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United States Philson migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Philson, or a variant listed above:

Philson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Philson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Philson (post 1700) +

  • Robert Philson (1759-1831), American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1819-21


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, 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)


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