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PHILLIPS - Name Meaning & Origin


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PHILLIPS Surname Meaning & Origin:

Phillips is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Phillip." The given name Phillip comes from the Greek name Philippos which means "friend of horses," composed of the elements philos "friend" and hippos "horse."

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Famous People with the Surname PHILLIPS:

  • Elizabeth J. (Magie) Phillips - American inventor whose "The Landlord's Game" (patented in 1904) was the precursor to Parker Brother's "Monopoly"
  • Alban William Phillips - New Zealand economist known for the "Phillips Curve," a relation between inflation and unemployment.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname PHILLIPS:

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FamilySearch - PHILLIPS Genealogy
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PHILIPS Surname & Family Mailing Lists
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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