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Origins of the Phillips surname

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What does the name Phillips mean?

The origin of the Phillips surname is English and has been found in records dating back to the 1200s. Phillips is a patronymic name that denotes someone who is the son or descendant of a person named Phillip, a popular name until the reign of Elizabeth I.

Alternative variations of the name Phillips

Phillips, Phillip, Philips, Philip, Philps

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Where do most Phillipses live?

In 1921, most Phillipses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Phillipses

How common is your surname?

52nd most common surname in the UK

We have 566,000 records for the Phillips surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Phillipses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Phillips first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Phillipses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Phillipses in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant




General Servant


Common Male occupations for Phillipses in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer




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