When Samuel Phippan was born in 1756, in Rowberrow, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Phippen, was 35 and his mother, Rebecca Athay, was 35. He married Mary Dyer on 14 April 1778, in Somerset, England, United Kingdom.
English and Irish (of Norman origin): shortened form of the Anglo-Norman surname Fitzpain ‘son of Pain’ (see Payne ).
English: variant of Phipp with the West Midlands Middle English genitive singular -en instead of the more usual -s, see Phipps . Alternatively, perhaps from the unattested Middle English personal names Phippon or Phippin, which could be Old French pet forms of Philip , though they are not on record.
Irish: perhaps an altered form of Thigpen by association or confusion with the name in (1). The 17th-century Thigpen and Phippen families in NC were apparently related.