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Philips Family History

Philips Name Meaning

English, North German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Phillips.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Philipps, Phillips, Philip, Philipp, Phillipps, Phillipp, Shilts

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Where is the Philips family from?

You can see how Philips families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Philips family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Philips families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 371 Philips families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Philips's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Philips families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Philips surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Philips ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Philips. 20% of Philips men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Philips women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Philips were Farming and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farming
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 305,000 census records available for the last name Philips. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Philips census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Philips. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Philips. For the veterans among your Philips ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Philips lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Philips life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Philips in 1942 was 50, and 81 in 2004.

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