Meaning and Origin of: Phelps

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Horse lover

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (southwestern) : patronymic from Philip.
  • The brothers George and William Phelps emigrated from Gloucestershire, England, to Dorchester, MA, about 1630. Five years later they moved to Windsor, CT. George’s sixth-generation descendant, Anson Greene Phelps (1781–1853), rose from being a penniless orphan to the status of a major industrialist and a prominent CT philanthropist.