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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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Pilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pilley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pilley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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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