Phillips Family Crest


Phillips family crest

Colors on the Phillips family crest explained

Argent (silver) - represents the peaceful and sincere nature of the Phillips family.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Phillips family when needed in times of war.

Sable (black) - symbolizes constancy and the enduring nature of this family.



  Symbols on the Phillips family crest explained


The two lions - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.   

The chain and crown - signifies the weight of early family members duties in service to others. It represents their obligations, particularly those related the service of a knight or nobleman.


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Origins of the Phillips family name

The earliest known origin of the family name Phillips is from the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain.
The name is derived from the personal name Philip, which was popular among the Normans.
It was commonly used as a way to refer to someone's offspring, e.g 'Phillip's son'. 
The surname Phillips first appears in records during the 12th century when one William Philip is recorded as being the Sheriff of Shropshire.
Since then, the name has been used by many people in Britain and around the world.

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Summary of the Phillips family and the Phillips family crest

  • The Phillips family name is of English origin.
  • The name is derived from the given name Philip.
  • The first recorded use of the name Phillips was in the 12th century.
  • The first use of the name in England was during the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189).
  • The name Phillips was first introduced into Scotland in the 14th century.
  • The Phillips family name is associated with the noble family of Phillips of Worcester and the Barons Phillips of Egham.
  • The family name continued to be found in English records throughout the centuries, with various members of the family holding positions of prominence in English society.
  • The Phillips family was one of the first families to settle in the American colonies.
  • They migrated to the early US colonies in the early 1600s.
  • The first Phillips in America was likely William Phillips, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630.
  • The Phillips family was one of the first families to settle in the New England colonies. William Phillips was a Puritan who helped found the town of Boston. His son, John Phillips, was a wealthy merchant and one of the founders of the town of Newport, Rhode Island.
  • The Phillips family was large and influential in the early history of the United States. Members of the family served in the Continental Congress, the military, and as governors of several states.
  • The family has been prominent in American politics, business, and culture ever since.