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

The Pyle surname comes from the Middle English word "pile," meaning "stake," or "post," in turn from the Old English "pilum," meaning "javelin." As such, it was likely a topographic name for someone who lived near a landmark stake or post; or perhaps an occupational name for a maker of stakes.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pyle, Pile, Pyll, Pyles, Pylie, Pilie, Pill and others.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Pyle, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 by Duke William of Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pyle research. Another 262 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1444, 1446, 1597, 1603, 1650, 1674, and 1756 are included under the topic Early Pyle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pyle Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Nicholas Pyle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Robert Pyle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683

Pyle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Pyle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

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  • Howard Pyle (1853-1911), American illustrator of books for young audiences
  • Ernie Taylor Pyle (1900-1945), American Pulitzer prize-winning journalist (1944, Correspondence)
  • John Howard Pyle (1906-1987), American politician, Governor of Arizona (1951-1955)
  • Denver Dell Pyle (1920-1997), American film and television actor
  • Thomas Delmer "Artimus" Pyle (b. 1948), American musician best known as the drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Andrew Pyle (b. 1955), British philosopher


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  • A Genealogical History of Bloss-Pyles-Ross-Sellards and their Kinsmen by Harry Leon Sellards.
  • The Pyle-Pile Family in America, 1642-1980; also Pyles-Piles by Howard Thornton Pyle.
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The Pyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pyle 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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