Phipps History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Phipps family

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.

Early History of the Phipps family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phipps research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1694, 1797, 1863, 1838, 1656, 1723 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Phipps History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phipps 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 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.

Early Notables of the Phipps family (pre 1700)

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...
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Ireland Migration of the Phipps family to Ireland

Some of the Phipps family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Phipps 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 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, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Solomon Phipps, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1642 [1]
  • James Phipps, who landed in New England in 1649 [1]
  • Jon Phipps, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Phipps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Phipps, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [1]
Phipps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Phipps, aged 40, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • William Henry Phipps, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Edward Phipps, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1859 [1]
Phipps Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Doreen Barbara Mignonette Phipps, aged 29, who arrived in Colorado in 1945 [1]

Australia Phipps migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]

New Zealand Phipps 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:

Phipps Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Phipps, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Phipps, aged 36, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • David Phipps, aged 14, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Ann Elizabeth Phipps, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Caroline Phipps, aged 8, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Phipps (post 1700) +

  • William Edward Phipps (1922-2018), American actor and producer; he provided the voice for Disney's cartoon classic Cinderella (1950) and appeared in Invaders from Mars (1953) and The War of the Worlds (1953);
  • 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 L. Phipps, American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 1st District, 1894
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Charles Percy Phipps (1921-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Berwyn R. Phipps, American Shipfitter Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [4]

Suggested Readings for the name Phipps +

  • 1411 Halcyon Days: an American Family through Three Generations by Peggie Phipps Boegner, A History of the Ireson/Phipps and Allied Families.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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