Pile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pile 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.

Early Origins of the Pile family

The surname Pile was 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.

Early History of the Pile family

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Pile Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Pile family (pre 1700)

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United States Pile migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pile Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Judeth Pile, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Joseph Pile, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [1]
  • William Pile, who settled in Carolina in 1678
  • Robert, Ann and daughter Sarah Pile (Pyle) who, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Robert Pile, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
Pile Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pile, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
Pile Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Pile, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Mr. F. G. Pile, (b. 1814), aged 53, Barbadian merchant traveling aboard the ship "Gazelle" arriving in New York in 1867 [2]
  • Mrs. E. A. Pile, (b. 1827), aged 40, Barbadian settler traveling aboard the ship "Gazelle" arriving in New York in 1867 [2]
  • Miss Pile, (b. 1847), aged 20, Barbadian settler traveling aboard the ship "Gazelle" arriving in New York in 1867 [2]
  • Miss A. C. Pile, (b. 1851), aged 16, Barbadian settler traveling aboard the ship "Gazelle" arriving in New York in 1867 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Pile migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pile Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Pile, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848 [3]
  • George Pile, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849 [4]
  • Andrew Pile, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" [5]

West Indies Pile migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Pile Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Pile settled with her servants in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Pile (post 1700) +

  • Richard Pile (b. 1849), American ordinary seaman serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • William Anderson Pile (1829-1889), American politician and minister from Missouri, Civil War general in the Union Army, and Governor of New Mexico Territory (1869-1871)
  • William Anderson Pile (1829-1889), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri 1st District, 1867-69; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1869-71; U.S. Minister to Venezuela, 1871-74 [7]
  • Ross I. Pile, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948 [7]
  • Roscoe Pile, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1940, 1952; Member of Colorado State House of Representatives, 1950 [7]
  • James Pile, American politician, Representative from Kentucky 1st District, 1900 [7]
  • J. Charles Pile, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1952 [7]
  • Grace S. Pile, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1924 [7]
  • D. Pile, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 6th District, 1869 [7]
  • Chris Pile (b. 1967), English former footballer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Samuel Frank Pile (d. 1945), British Petty Officer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Edward Pile, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]


  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. ^ Barbados archives retrieved 27th October 2021. (https://atthebarbadosarchives.wordpress.com/2003/07/18/barbados-heritage-passenger-lists-and-barbados-departures/)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Competitor.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CONSTANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constant.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml
  6. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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