| Wales-The land of the legendary
King Arthur and Camelot. The land of Sir Lancelot, of castles, knights and
fair princesses. From that beginning centuries ago there exists today, not
thousands but hundreds of thousands of descendants bearing one of the
variations of the name of PHILIPS.
In the early centuries of Welsh History, surnames
as we know them today didn't exist. A man was known only by his first name
or Christian name, which was followed by the first name of his father. The
prefix"ap"(son of) was used to join the two names together. Thus
Philip ap Evan would have been Philip son of Evan. Cadifor ap Colwyn, Lord
of DYVETTE,Pembrookshire, who was called Cadifor VAWR, or the Great, is
the progenitor of whom any authentic records exists in South Wales.
According to one source, Cadifor was Prince of Pembroke, and one of the 15
ancient Peers of Wales. His is said to have been a part of the same tribe
as Vortigen, who was King of Britain 535-575, and it is recorded that he
was paternally descended from Maximus King of Britain and Emperor of Rome
303-388. On of the recorded observations about Cadifor is by Sir Bernard
Burke, who said "Welsh genealogies ascribe to this chief a most
illustrious descent but whatever doubts may arise as to the authenticity
of his Pedigree from obscurity of Ancient MSS and
traditions accounts, it may be conceded that his possessions and
connections amongst a people so tenacious of the antiquity of their
families afford reasonable proof of the nobility of his birth and
station." Sir Aron Ap Reed, was the first of the family to be
knighted. During the Crusades, he attended Richard I to the Holy
Land in the year 1190. It is recorded that "he behaved so gallantly
against the Saracens that he received from Richard the Order of
Knighthood, and the addition of a "Crown and Chain" to his Arms
of a Lion rampart cable. The Philips coat of arms was not just adopted but
Cadifor VAWR married Helen, D/O Zlwch Llawen Vawr, Lord of South Wales,
he died in 1089 and is buried in the Priory of Carmarthen in Wales, his
son. Bledri Latimer, Lord of Kylsant married Clydwen d/oGriffith,Lord of
Gwefy, Bledri being acquainted with the language of invaders of Dyvett,
became interpreter betwix them and the Britons, and was therefore surnamed
by them "Latimer" or the "Interpreter", be died in
1119, his son. Rees ap Bledri, Lord of Kylsant married Ancreta d/d Rees ap
Gyrffydah, Prince of South Wales who was lineally descended from
Cadwallader the last King of the British race, his son. Sir Aron ap
Rees, was the first of the family to be knighted. During the Crusades, he
attended Richard I to the Holy Lands in the year 1190. It is recorded that
"he behaved so gallantly against the Saracens that he received from
Richard the Order of Knighthood, and the addition of a "Crown and
Chain" to his Arms of a Lion rampant cable. The Philips coat of arms
was not just adopted, but its form as we know it today is a proud emblem
that was earned by our early ancestors. Sir Aaron married Tanylust d/o Edynfed Vychan, Prince of Wales. One of
Sir Aaron's daughters became the wife of Jenkyn Herbert, a paternal
ancestor to the Earl of Pembroke and to King Henry VII, his son.
Gwyllym ap Aron of kylsant, married Jenette d/o Mayric ap Traharne of
Garthunell, his son.
Madog ap Gwyllm, married Genet d/o Griffith apIvor of Casteldwn, his son.
Evan ap Madog of Kylsant, married Catherine d/o Sir Elidor Ddy, Knight of
the Sepulcher, his son.
Phillip ap Evan, married Helen d/o William ap Cradog. Here we see the
first event which was later to create to the Famly name of PHILIPS.
This simple act of naming a son Philip was the beginning of the Philips
surname, his son.
Meredith Philips was the first to take the surname of PHILIPS, as have
seen above, had he followed to old Welsh custom he would have gone by the
name Meredith AP Philip. Instead Meredith dropped the "son of"
and added an "s" and thereby becomes responsible for the
creation of the family name PHILIPS and the variations which were to come
into use hundreds of years later, his son.
Philip Philips, first child born with the surname of PHILIPS, married
Jennie d/o Jenkins Lloyd Ychan, his son.
Sir Thomas PHILIPS, was the second of the family to be knighted during the
reign of King Henry VIII, married Jane d/o Sir Henry Doune, his son.
John PHILIPS, married Elsbeth Griffith, they had two sons, William who
died leaving no sons, and Morgan.
Morgan Philips, married Elizabeth FLETCHER, he died in the year 1585, his
Sir John PHILIPS was the second of the family to knighted, in 1621 he was
made a Baronet, married Anne PERROT and his title was passed down to
History shows that the original spelling of the name of PHILIPS.
Sometime during the middle of the 16th Century, branches of the family
began to adopt variations of the name. The first change in spelling was to
PHILIPPS, then through usage, the "P' was dropped an additional
"L" crept in and became predominate. The first spelling with two
"pp" has been almost completely.
By Walter Phillips, Florida