The Pille family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Pille family lived near a column or post that often served as a landmark for travelers. The surname Pille is derived from the Italian word pila, which means pillar or column.
Early Origins of the Pille family
The surname Pille was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where in 1172 Pilli was Councillor in the government of Florence. The powerful Pilli family of Florence were Lords of many castles and territories, and avid supporters of the Ghibeline faction.
Early History of the Pille family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pille research.Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1229, 1288, 1298, 1524, 1598, 1628, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Pille History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pille Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Pille. These spelling variations
include Pili, Pilis, Pilli, Pilo, Pillo, Pilona, Piloni, Pileggi and many more.
Early Notables of the Pille family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gaetano Pilli was mayor of Orvieto in 1229; Ranieri Pilli took over this position in 1298. From this family came 7 priests between 1288 and 1524... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pille Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pille family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pille were Teresa Pillonati, age 32, who arrived in America on June 26, 1893, aboard the "Werra".
Contemporary Notables of the name Pille (post 1700)
- Bob Pille, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota commissioner of school and public lands, 2010 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Louis Antoine Pille, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Louis Pille. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html