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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pye Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Pye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Pye Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Pye Historic Events
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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