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Phillips Family History

Phillips Name Meaning

English, Dutch, North German, and Jewish (western Ashkenazic): patronymic from the personal name Philip. In North America this name has also absorbed cognate names from other European languages, for example Italian Filippi, Polish Filipowicz.

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


Similar surnames: Philip, Philips, Philipp, Phillipp, Philipson, Phillipps, Millis

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Where is the Phillips family from?

You can see how Phillips families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Phillips family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Phillips families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 555 Phillips families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Phillips's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Phillips families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Phillips surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Phillips ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Phillips. 15% of Phillips men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Phillips women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Phillips were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Phillips. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Phillips 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 232,000 immigration records available for the last name Phillips. 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 373,000 military records available for the last name Phillips. For the veterans among your Phillips ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Phillips lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Phillips life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Phillips in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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