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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.

Pilley Early Origins



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.

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Pilley Spelling Variations


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Pilley Spelling Variations



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

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Pilley Early History


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Pilley Early History



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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Pilley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pilley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 setted in Canada in 1894

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pilley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pilley (post 1700)



  • 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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 3 August 2016 at 17:33.

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