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Where did the English Pistole family come from? What is the English Pistole family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pistole family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pistole family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pestell, Pestel, Pistol, Pestol, Pestoll, Pistoll, Pestall, Pestal, Pester, Pestor, Pistor and many more.

First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pistole research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1279, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Pistole History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pistole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pistole Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Eliz Pistole, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Robert Pistole, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Pistole Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pistole Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:38.

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