Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Pillette family
The surname Pillette was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from a tenant
of lands in Lincolnshire
who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. The name was firstly noble house of Pilotte of Chantrans in Bourgoyne.
Early History of the Pillette family
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Pillette Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pillett, Piller, Pillet, Pillay, Pillette, Pillot, Pillow, Pilotte, Pilley and many more.
Early Notables of the Pillette family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pillette family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pillette Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John A. Pillette, who settled in Boston or Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1820
- John Pillette, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
Contemporary Notables of the name Pillette (post 1700)
- Herman Polycarp Pillette (1896-1960), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Duane Xavier Pillette (b. 1922), former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies