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Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Pye was recognized on the island as a name for a talkative or thieving person. Such a person was so named for a fancied resemblance to the magpie, a common bird in England at the time that was known for such characteristics.

Pye Early Origins



The surname Pye was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Pye Spelling Variations


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Pye 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 Pye, Pie, Pyman, Piemakere, Pies and others.

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Pye Early History


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Pye Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pye research. Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1066, 1296, 1273, 1332, 1524, 1585, 1662, 1620, 1620, 1701, 1620, 1626, 1607, 1673, 1661, 1673, 1626, 1697, 1651, 1721, 1689, 1724, 1696 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Pye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pye Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pye Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Pye (1585-1662) was an English courtier, administrator and politician, Auditor of the Receipt of the Exchequer in 1620; and his son, Sir Robert Pye ( ca. 1620-1701), an English politician; Sir Walter Pye, Member of Parliament for Brecon from 1620-1626...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. 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 Atlanti c. 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 Pye or a variant listed above:

Pye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Pye, who settled in Virginia in 1649
  • Elizabeth Pye, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Joseph Pye, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Joseph Pye, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Elizabeth Pye, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Booth Pye, who came to Maryland in 1771
  • John Pye, who came to Philadelphia in 1774

Pye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Pye, aged 62, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Pye, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Pye, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • David Pye, who came to New York in 1826
  • Edward Henry Pye, who arrived in Maryland in 1826
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pye Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elisha Pye, who settled in Carbonear, Newfoundland in 1799 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Pye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Pye, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Pye Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Pye arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pye (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pye (post 1700)



  • David Pye, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County, 1780-81, 1794-96; Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1790-94
  • Vice Admiral William Satterlee Pye (1880-1959), American naval officer, recipient of the Navy Cross
  • Jack Pye (b. 1903), known as Dirty Jack Pye, Filthy Jack Pye and The Doncaster Panther, an English professional wrestler and actor
  • Jesse Pye (1919-1984), English footballer
  • Henry James Pye (1745-1813), English poet, Poet Laureate from 1790 until his death, the first poet laureate to receive a fixed salary of 27 instead of the historic tierce of Canary wine
  • Charles Pye VC (1820-1876), English Victoria Cross recipient
  • William George Pye (1869-1949), English founder the electronics company W.G.Pye & Co. in 1896
  • John Pye (1782-1874), English engraver, founder of modern landscape engraving
  • Patrick Pye (b. 1929), English sculptor, painter and stained glass artist
  • Scott Robert Pye (b. 1990), Australian racing driver, winner of the 2010 British Formula Ford Championship
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pye Historic Events


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Pye Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Charlotte Pye, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible
  • Miss Marjorie Pye, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

The Pye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pye 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.

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