The surname is of Greek origin.The personal name Phillip derives from a Greek name meaning ‘fond of horses’and its popularity in medieval times was due not only to the reverence paid to Phillip,one of the twevle apostles,but to four French kings on the throne in the eleventh,twelfth,and thirteenth centuries.From France the name came into England at the time of the Conquest.It was a name borne by several early saints.Unusaully for a common Cristain name,it seems to owe its popularity more to the medieval romances about Alexander the Great,whose father was Philip of Macedon,than to any saint.The uncertain use of one or two l’s and one or two p’s provided various spellings of this name.People of Jewish descent have also adopted the name as an anglicization of a like sounding Hebrew surnameThe surname Phillips came to be very common in England and Wales and such it was English and Welsh immigrants who brought the name to America.The name dates as far back as the twelfth century were a Simon Philippi is recorded in historical archives.One of t… Coat of arms: Azure,a lion rampart sable,…
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