Origin of the Name Philbin
The ancient history of the name Philbin
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Philbin
include McPhilbin, Philban, Phillips and McPhilips. This name is derived from the Gaelic MacPhillbin sept that was located in Connaught Province. These families were originally a branch of the Burkes who became integrated into Gaelic society having formed their own sept. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. An early record of the name found in the ancient manuscript 'The Annals of the Four Masters' records that in the year 1355 a MacPhilbin was one of the Chiefs of Sil Anmchadha, the O'Madden country in east Galway . The Annals of Loch Ce records the death of Gilladubh MacPhilip, Lord of the Leitir, in the year 1579. In Leitrim the name is often rendered as MacPhilip instead of MacPhilbin. In the Census of 1659 Philbin is recorded as being one of the principal Irish names in several Counties including Mayo.
The Philbin coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Philbin descendants.