The surname Pilsbury was first found in Pilsbury, a hamlet in Derbyshire that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Pilsberie.  At that time, the lands were property of Henry de Ferrers (also known as Henri de Ferrières), a Norman soldier from a noble Norman family from Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire, Eure in Upper Normandy. He lost his brother William (Guillaume) in the battle but he survived to be granted 210 manors throughout England and Wales. The place name literally means "fortified place of a man called Pil," from the Old English personal name + "burh."  Pilsbury Castle was a Norman motte-and-bailey castle located nearby the village overlooking the River Dove.
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Timothy Pilsbury (1789-1858), American politician, United States Representative from Texas
Edward Pilsbury, American politician, 38th Mayor of New Orleans (1876-1878)
Timothy Pilsbury (1789-1858), American politician, Member of Maine Governor's Council, 1827-36; Member of Texas Republic House of Representatives, 1840-41; Member of Texas Republic Senate, 1841-42, 1844-45 
Edward Pilsbury, American politician, Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1876-78 
Edna Pilsbury, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1936 
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