Origin of the Name Phipps
family history 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 Phipps
include Pipps, Pipp, Pippes, Pip and Phipson. This is an ancient name and is one of the very many forms of the name Phillip which is taken from the Greek first name 'Philippos' meaning 'lover of horses'. Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great was an original bearer of this ancient name that was also born by five Kings of France . The Phipps families of Normanby and Mulgrave are descended from Constantine Phipps (1656-1723), Lord Chancellor of Ireland . Sir William Phipps (1651-1695), was a shipwright, treasure-hunter, military leader, and the first royally-appointed Governor of Massachusetts. In Ireland the name Phipps is rendered as Phibbs and is mostly associated with County Sligo. Phipps and its many variants were also introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century.
The Phipps 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 Phipps descendants.