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Where did the English Pillay family come from? What is the English Pillay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pillay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pillay family history?

The Pillay surname is generally thought to be habitational name from either the place name Pillay, in southern Yorkshire; or Pilley in Hampshire. These place names are both thought to derive from the Old English word "pil" or "pile," meaning a "post," and "leah," which refers to a clearing in the woods.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pilley, Pillet, Pilly, Pillay and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Pilley. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire near Sheffield.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pillay research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1380, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Pillay History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pillay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Pilley, who arrived in America in 1734; Thomas Pilley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1834; Mark Pilley, who arrived in Nebraska in 1871; and Harry Pilley, who came to Canada in 1894..

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  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Pillay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pillay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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