The surname Phillips is of patronymic origin meaning son of or descendant of "Phillip." The personal name Phillip is derived from the Greek name "Philippos" which means "friend of horses" composed of the elements "philos" meaning friend and "hippos" meaning horse. The surname Phillips is predominantly associated with Wales with smaller branches in England, Ireland and Scotland.The first record of the name is Alicia Philippes, who was recorded in 1273 in the "Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1623 when Elinor and Henry Phillips settled in Virginia. today there are approximately 350,000 bearers of the name Phillips living in the United States.
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