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Phelps Surname History

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.

Phelps came into use, probably in Wales in the middle ages, and is now an English surname.

Phelps is a variant of the Bavarian name Guelph. It appears to have emerged in Wales and is now a common English surname.

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Phelps Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

Wales is the country of origin and is a variant of the Bavarian name Guelph. Phelps is an English surname. Most of the people who carry this name are ethnically caucasian. 

Phelps Meaning & Etymology

Phelps does not have a meaning per se because it is a royal family name.

Phelps Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

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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.

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