The French name Pillon has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. The name is thought to derive from the Old French word "pelon," which referred to the spiky outer shell of a chestnut; and from this, it has been suggested that the name was a nickname
for a quick-tempered or unpleasant person. The history of this surname is intrinsically entwined with that of the region of Normandy
, where the earliest records of the Pillon family were found.
Early Origins of the Pillon family
The surname Pillon was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Pillon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pillon research.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1435, 1515, 1771, 1772, 1792, and 1801 are included under the topic Early Pillon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pillon Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Pillon, some of which include Pilon, Pile, Pilet, Pillet, Pilot, Pillot, Pillon, Pilier, Pillier, Dupillier, Pilaire, Pilard, Pillard, Pilleux and many more.
Early Notables of the Pillon family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was René-Martin Pillet, born in 1771, who was a general in Tours at the time of the Revolution; Claude-Marie Pillet, born in 1771, was a literary hack in Chambéry. He studied law and became a lawyer, but this trade never became his passion and... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pillon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pillon family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Pillon has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pillon were
Pillon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- P Pillon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Pillon (post 1700)
- Gregory M. Pillon, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Edmond Jacques Marcel Pillon (1891-1921), French World War I flying ace credited with eight aerial victories
- François Pillon (1830-1914), French philosopher
- Giuseppe Pillon (b. 1956), Italian football manager
- Jacqueline Patricia Pillon (b. 1977), Canadian actress