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The French name Pillar has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. The name is thought to derive from the Old French word "pelon," which referred to the spiky outer shell of a chestnut; and from this, it has been suggested that the name was a nickname for a quick-tempered or unpleasant person. The history of this surname is intrinsically entwined with that of the region of Normandy, where the earliest records of the Pillar family were found.

Pillar Early Origins



The surname Pillar was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.

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Pillar Spelling Variations


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Pillar Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Pillar is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Pilon, Pile, Pilet, Pillet, Pilot, Pillot, Pillon, Pilier, Pillier, Dupillier, Pilaire, Pilard, Pillard, Pilleux and many more.

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Pillar Early History


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Pillar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pillar research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1435, 1515, 1771, 1772, 1792, and 1801 are included under the topic Early Pillar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pillar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pillar Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family in this period was René-Martin Pillet, born in 1771, who was a general in Tours at the time of the Revolution; Claude-Marie Pillet, born in 1771, was a literary hack in Chambéry. He studied law and became a lawyer, but this trade never became his passion and...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pillar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North Ameri ca. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Pillar has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pillar were

Pillar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Pillar, aged 25, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1775

Pillar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Michael Pillar U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Pillar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Pillar, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
  • John Pillar, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
  • Richard Pillar, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  8. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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The Pillar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pillar 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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