The French name Pilon 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 Pilon family were found.
Early Origins of the Pilon family
The surname Pilon was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Pilon family
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Pilon Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Pilon, including Pilon, Pile, Pilet, Pillet, Pilot, Pillot, Pillon, Pilier, Pillier, Dupillier, Pilaire, Pilard, Pillard, Pilleux and many more.
Early Notables of the Pilon 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 Pilon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pilon family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pilon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Antoine Pilon, who was married in Montreal in 1689
Pilon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jeanne Pilon, whose marriage is on record in Lachine, Quebec in 1706
- Elisabeth Pilon, who was married in Pointe-Claire, Quebec in 1715
- Thomas Pilon, married in Pointe-Claire in 1725
Contemporary Notables of the name Pilon (post 1700)
- Hormisdas Pilon (1857-1937), Canadian politician, member of the Quebec Legislative Assembly for 30 years
- Benoît Pilon (b. 1963), Canadian French-language film director and screenwriter
- Jean-Guy Pilon (b. 1930), Canadian poet
- Roger Pilon, American libertarian legal theorist
- J Bernard Pilon (1918-1970), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons from Quebec
- Daniel Pilon (b. 1940), Canadian-born actor