The name Pie is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was 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.
Early Origins of the Pie family
The surname Pie was 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.
Early History of the Pie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pie 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 Pie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pie Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pye, Pie, Pyman, Piemakere, Pies and others.
Early Notables of the Pie family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Pye (1585-1662) was an English courtier, administrator and politician, Auditor of the Receipt of the Exchequer in 1620; and his son, Sir Robert Pye (ca. 1620-1701), an English politician; Sir Walter Pye, Member of Parliament for Brecon from 1620-1626... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pie family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pie or a variant listed above:
Pie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joan Pie, who arrived in Virginia in 1620-1621 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)