Meaning and Origin of: Phipps

Save Name

First name origins & meanings:

  • Greek : Horse lover

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : patronymic from a reduced form of Philip.
  • The Phipps family, which holds the titles of marquess of Normanby and earl of Mulgrave, are descended from Constantine Phipps (1656–1723), who was lord chancellor of Ireland. A cousin with a different background, Sir William Phip(p)s (1651–95), was born in ME, where his parents had emigrated. Originally a ship’s carpenter, he rose to become royal governor of MA.