Pfeil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pfeil surname is derived from the Middle High German word "pfil," meaning "arrow;" and as such it is thought to have been either an occupational name for an arrowsmith, or a nickname for a tall thin man.

Early Origins of the Pfeil family

The surname Pfeil was first found in Bavaria, where the name Pfeil was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Pfeil family

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Pfeil Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pfeil, Pffeil, Pfeill, Pfeile, Pfeiles, Pfeils, Pfeille, Pfeilse, Pffeils and many more.

Early Notables of the Pfeil family (pre 1700)

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United States Pfeil migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pfeil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Pfeil, who settled in America in 1725
  • Elisabeth Pfeil, who settled in America in 1725
  • Henry Pfeil, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Henrich Pfeil, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Henry Pfeil, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pfeil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Pfeil, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Gotefried Pfeil, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Fried Pfeil, who settled in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Aloisia Pfeil, who settled in America in 1847
  • Christopher Pfeil, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pfeil (post 1700) +

  • Robert Raymond Pfeil (b. 1943), former American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Mark Pfeil (b. 1951), American professional golfer
  • John Frederick Pfeil (1949-2005), American literary critic and novelist
  • Richard Pfeil (b. 1933), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2004, 2008 (alternate) [2]
  • Donna Pfeil, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2008 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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