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

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Pye was recognized on the island as a name for a talkative or thieving person. Such a person was so named for a fancied resemblance to the magpie, a common bird in England at the time that was known for such characteristics.


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Pye, Pie, Pyman, Piemakere, Pies and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pye research. Another 369 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1066, 1296, 1273, 1332, 1524, 1585, 1662, 1620, 1620, 1701, 1620, 1626, 1607, 1673, 1661, 1673, 1626, 1697, 1651, 1721, 1689, 1724, 1696 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Pye History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pye or a variant listed above:

Pye Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Pye, who settled in Virginia in 1649
  • Elizabeth Pye, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Joseph Pye, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Joseph Pye, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Elizabeth Pye, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Pye Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Booth Pye, who came to Maryland in 1771
  • John Pye, who came to Philadelphia in 1774

Pye Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Pye, aged 62, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Pye, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Pye, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • David Pye, who came to New York in 1826
  • Edward Henry Pye, who arrived in Maryland in 1826


  • Vice Admiral William Satterlee Pye (1880-1959), American naval officer, recipient of the Navy Cross
  • Charles Pye VC (1820-1876), English Victoria Cross recipient
  • Henry James Pye (1745-1813), English poet, Poet Laureate from 1790 until his death, the first poet laureate to receive a fixed salary of 27 instead of the historic tierce of Canary wine
  • Patrick Pye (b. 1929), English sculptor, painter and stained glass artist
  • John Pye (1782-1874), English engraver, founder of modern landscape engraving
  • William George Pye (1869-1949), English founder the electronics company W.G.Pye & Co. in 1896
  • Jesse Pye (1919-1984), English footballer
  • Jack Pye (b. 1903), known as Dirty Jack Pye, Filthy Jack Pye and The Doncaster Panther, an English professional wrestler and actor
  • Norman Pye, British geographer
  • Admiral Sir Thomas Pye (1708-1785), British officer of the Royal Navy



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The Pye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pye 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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