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Pillinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pillinger came to England with the ancestors of the Pillinger family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pillinger family lived in Yorkshire. The name was a reference to Pilling Manor, where the family lived. This stately residence is in the parish of Tankersley, nine miles from Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and now belongs to the distinguished Lord Wharncliffe.

Early Origins of the Pillinger family

The surname Pillinger was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat at Burnley from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Pillinger family

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Pillinger Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Pilling, Pillans, Pilland, Pillings and others.

Early Notables of the Pillinger family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pillinger family to Ireland

Some of the Pillinger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pillinger family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pillinger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Pillinger (post 1700)

  • Hon. Alfred Thomas Pillinger (1839-1899), Australian landowner and politician in colonial Tasmania, Minister of Lands and Works 1888 to 1892
  • Colin Trevor Pillinger CBE, FRS (b. 1943), British planetary scientist, eponym of the 15614 Pillinger (2000 GA143), a main-belt asteroid

The Pillinger Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute et robore
Motto Translation: By virtue and strength.

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