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


The surname Phipps was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Phipps 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 Phipps include Phipps, Phipson, Phips and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phipps research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1694, 1797, 1863 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Phipps History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Phips (Phipps) (1650-1694), American shipwright, ship's captain, treasure hunter, military leader, the first royally-appointed governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, best remembered for...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phipps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Phipps, or a variant listed above:

Phipps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Phipps, who settled in Maine in 1630
  • Thomas Phipps, aged 15, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Solomon Phipps, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1642
  • James Phipps, who landed in New England in 1649
  • Jon Phipps, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • ...

Phipps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Phipps, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Phipps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Phipps, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • William Henry Phipps, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Edward Phipps, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1859

Phipps Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Doreen Barbara Mignonette Phipps, aged 29, arrived in Colorado in 1945

Phipps Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Phipps, English Convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Phipps Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Phipps, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Phipps, aged 36, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • David Phipps, aged 14, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Ann Elizabeth Phipps, aged 13, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Caroline Phipps, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ...

  • Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps (1940-2016), American financier, prominent Thoroughbred racehorse industry owner and breeder, past chairman of The Jockey Club and of the New York Racing Association
  • Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps (b. 1940), retired American financier and prominent Thoroughbred racehorse industry executive and a Thoroughbred owner/breeder
  • Ogden Phipps (1908-2002), American stockbroker, court tennis champion and Hall of Fame member, thoroughbred horse racing executive and owner/breeder
  • Lillian Stokes Bostwick Phipps (1906-1987), American socialite and owner of Thoroughbred steeplechase racehorses
  • John Shaffer Phipps (1874-1958), American lawyer and businessman, director of the Hanover Bank, U.S. Steel Corp. and W. R. Grace & Co
  • Henry Phipps Jr. (1839-1930), American entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Michael Elston Phipps (b. 1947), American professional (NFL) football quarterback
  • Lawrence Cowle Phipps (1862-1958), American politician, United States Senator from Colorado(1919-1931)
  • Charles Paul Phipps (1815-1880), English merchant in Brazil and later Conservative MP for Westbury (18691874) and High Sheriff of Wiltshire (1875)
  • Pickering Phipps (1772-1830), English founder of Phipps Brewery in 1801
  • ...

  • Halcyon Days: an American Family through Three Generations by Peggie Phipps Boegner.
  • A History of the Ireson/Phipps and Allied Families.

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    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Phipps Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Phipps 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.

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