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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. 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 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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Jacqueline Read My connection to the Phelps is that Lillian Maude Smith(1874) was my great grandmother. Her dad, Orson Phelps Smith (1848) was my 2nd great grandfather. His mother, clarissa phelps (1805) who married comfort smith was my 3rd great grandmother. Her father, Darius Phelps (1772) was my 4th great grandfather. His father, Ichabod Phelps (1749) was my 5th great grandfather, His father, Elijah Phelps (1924) was my 6th great grandfather. His father, Noah Phelps (1694) was my 7th great grandfather. His father was Timothy Phelps Jr. (1663) was my 8th great grandfather. His father was Timothy Phelps (1639) my 9th great grandfather. His father was William Phelps (1599) was my 9th great grandfather.

My greatest struggle is finding sources for Clarissa and Darius Phelps. Is there anyone who can provide the documentation for me? I am working on a family tree for my entire family and when someone is paying to have a book published it is nice to have all documents to support.

If anyone is from the same family line I can also share information with you.

Thanks all

pls contact me at [contact link]
Jan 19, 2014 · Reply
Elizabeth Bynon My great grandmother was Mary Jane Phelps from Monmouthshire, Wales. I don't have much information about her but she married my great grandfather Abram Thorne and came to the United States about 1881. My grandfather was born in 1881 who was Idris Thorne. Anyone out there have any information about my greant grandmother Mary:?
Thank you please contact me.
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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 Life Expectancy

According to our database of 21,105 people with the last name Phelps that have a birth and death date listed:

Life Expectancy

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Most Common Phelps First Names

According to our database of 31,310 people with the last name Phelps that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • William 2.8%
  • James 2.2%
  • John 2.2%
  • Mary 2.0%
  • Robert 1.9%
  • Charles 1.8%
  • George 1.3%
  • Thomas 0.9%
  • Richard 0.9%
  • Edward 0.7%
  • Joseph 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Elizabeth 0.7%
  • Dorothy 0.7%
  • Margaret 0.7%
  • Donald 0.6%
  • Ruth 0.6%
  • Henry 0.6%
  • Helen 0.5%
  • Sarah 0.5%
  • Arthur 0.5%
  • Walter 0.5%
  • Frank 0.5%
  • Raymond 0.5%
  • Harold 0.5%
  • Harry 0.5%
  • Anna 0.4%
  • Paul 0.4%
  • Roy 0.4%
  • Kenneth 0.4%
  • Albert 0.4%
  • Betty 0.3%
  • Florence 0.3%
  • Mildred 0.3%
  • Martha 0.3%
  • Alice 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Howard 0.3%
  • Samuel 0.3%
  • Barbara 0.3%
  • Michael 0.3%
  • Ralph 0.3%
  • Earl 0.3%
  • Herbert 0.3%
  • Edna 0.3%
  • Jack 0.3%
  • Clarence 0.3%
  • Patricia 0.3%
  • Ethel 0.3%
  • Marie 0.3%

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