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The Pilley surname is generally thought to be habitational name from either the place name Pillay, in southern Yorkshire; or Pilley in Hampshire. These place names are both thought to derive from the Old English word "pil" or "pile," meaning a "post," and "leah," which refers to a clearing in the woods.

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The surname Pilley was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Pilley. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire near Sheffield.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pilley, Pillet, Pilly, Pillay and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pilley research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1380, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Pilley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pilley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Pilley, who arrived in America in 1734

Pilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Pilley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Mark Pilley, who arrived in Nebraska in 1871

Pilley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Harry Pilley, who came to Canada in 1894
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  • James F. Pilley, American politician, Mayor of Shawnee, Kansas, 1965-70; Resigned 1970
  • Dorothy Pilley (1894-1986), prominent English female mountaineer
  • Joseph Pilley, Newfoundland first Waymaster of Hickman's Harbor in 1881
  • Thadée "Teddy" Pilley (1909-1982), born Ari Thaddeus Pilichowski, French-born, British ling Uist and conference interpreter
  • Cameron Pilley (b. 1982), Australian professional squash player
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Pilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pilley 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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