Show ContentsPillion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pillion is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pillion 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 Pillion family

The surname Pillion was first found in Lancashire at Pilling, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Garstang, hundred of Amounderness. " 'Pilyn' was possessed by the abbey of Cockersand until the Dissolution, when Henry VIII. granted lands here." [1] [2]

Early records of the family are scarce as the first record found was Adam Pilling who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1283. A few years later, Emma Pylyng was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [3]

Early History of the Pillion family

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Pillion Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Pilling, Pillans, Pilland, Pillings and others.

Early Notables of the Pillion family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Pillion family to Ireland

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United States Pillion migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pillion or a variant listed above:

Pillion Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Pillion, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [4]
  • Thomas Pillion, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [4]
Pillion Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John James Pillion, who arrived in New York in 1743 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pillion (post 1700) +

  • John Raymond Pillion (1904-1978), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 8th District, 1941-50; U.S. Representative from New York, 1953-65; Defeated, 1964, 1966, 1968 [5]

The Pillion 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.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook