Phelps Family History
Phelps Surname History
Phelps is a variant of the Bavarian name Guelph. It appears to have emerged in Wales and is now a common English surname.
It is a common misunderstanding that Phelps is related to Phillips. It is not. Phelps is a variation of Guelph. Guelph is the family name of the royal house of Hanover. Queen Victoria was a Guelph as was the current monarch, Elizabeth II until she officially changed it just before the birth of her son Andrew. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1999/feb/18/monarchy
Phelps came into use, probably in Wales in the middle ages, and is now an English surname.
Phelps country of origin
Wales is the country of origin and is a variant of the Bavarian name Guelph.
Meaning of the last name Phelps
Phelps does not have a meaning per se because it is a royal family name.
- Jack Phelps
- Sarah Phelps
- Mary A Phelps
- William Phelps
- Edith R Isbell Phelps
- Francis & Beverly Phelps
- Fred Phelps
- Unknown Phelps
- Virginia Mix Phelps
- Beverly Phelps
- Dora Waggoner Phelps
- George B Phelps
- Alta E (Phelps) Stark 1889 - ?
- Andrew J Phelps
- Julia Phelps 1872 - ?
- Floyd E Phelps 1886 - ?
- Grandma Phelps
Phelps Family Tree
Famous people named Phelps
List of people named Phelps
- Anson Greene Phelps, co-founder of mining company Phelps Dodge
- Austin Phelps, American clergyman and author of devotional and educational works, 19th century
- Benjamin K. Phelps (1832–1880), New York County District Attorney
- Bill Phelps, American politician
- Brian Phelps, radio personality
- Brian Phelps (diver), British former diver
- Chance Phelps, a US Marine killed in action in Iraq
- Charles D. Phelps, American physician
- Charles E. Phelps, American Civil War-era soldier and politician
- Charles Phelps Taft, prominent American lawyer and politician, brother of President William Howard Taft
- Charles Phelps Taft II, Mayor of Cincinnati, son of President William Howard Taft
- Christopher Phelps, American historian
- Digger Phelps, American basketball coach
- Edmund Phelps, Nobel Prize-winning economist at Columbia University
- Edward John Phelps, late 19th century American lawyer, diplomat and politician
- Eleanor Phelps, American theatre, film and television actress
- Elisha Phelps, a United States Representative from Connecticut.
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, American writer
- Fred Phelps, the vocally anti-gay pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, Kansas, USA
- Isaac Newton Phelps-Stokes, American architect
- James and Oliver Phelps, identical twins and actors
- Jaycie Phelps, Olympic gymnast
- Jill Farren Phelps, television producer
- Jim Phelps, a fictional character from the Mission: Impossible TV series
- John Phelps (regicide), a Clerk of the High Court of England and Wales which tried Charles I of England for high treason in 1649
- John Jay Phelps, railroad baron, financier, publisher, judge and merchant
- John E. Phelps, Union officer during the American Civil War
- John M. Phelps, Republican President of the West Virginia
- John S. Phelps, Governor of Missouri (1876–1881)
- John W. Phelps, American Civil War general and U.S. Presidential candidate (1880)
- Josh Phelps, former Major League Baseball player
- Kelly Joe Phelps, singer/songwriter - world renowned blues slide guitarist
- Ken Phelps, former Major League Baseball player
- Kerryn Phelps, Australian doctor
- Michael Phelps, American swimmer - most decorated Olympic medalist of all time
- Michael E. Phelps, inventor of Positron emission tomography
- Noah Phelps, American Revolutionary War-era soldier, spy, and politician
- Oliver Phelps, American land speculator, settler and judge in New York
- Orange Phelps, American politician and movie theater owner in Hillsboro, Oregon
- Peter Phelps, Australian actor
- Phelps Phelps, 38th Governor of American Samoa and United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
- Phlash Phelps, American disc jockey (DJ) on the Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Network, currently on the Sixties on 6
- Richard Phelps (bell-founder), (circa 1670-1738), English maker of bells
- Richard Phelps, British pentathlete
- Samuel Phelps, English actor
- Samuel S. Phelps, United States Senator
- Sarah Phelps, British television, radio, film and freelance playwright
- Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Fred Phelps (above)
- Timothy Guy Phelps, business executive and politician
- Tommy Phelps, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Wesley Phelps, Medal of Honor recipient
- Willard Phelps, Yukon politician
- William Phelps, New England colonist
- William C. Phelps, Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
- William Henry Phelps, ornithologist
- William H. Phelps, Jr., ornithologist, son of William Henry Phelps
- William Lyon Phelps, Yale Professor and author
- William Wallace Phelps U.S. Representative from Minnesota in the 1800s
- William Walter Phelps, New Jersey politician
- William Wines Phelps, church leader and hymn writer in the early Latter Day Saints movement
- In fiction
Nationality and Ethnicity of Phelps
Phelps is an English surname. Most of the people who carry this name are ethnically caucasian.
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Understanding spelling variations and alternate spellings of the Phelps surname are important to understanding the history of the name. In early history when few people could write, names such as Phelps were written down based on how they were heard by a scribe when people's names were recorded in court, church, and government records. This could have led to misspellings of Phelps. Family names like Phelps transform in their pronunciation and spelling as they travel across villages, family unions, and languages over generations.