Pyle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pyle surname comes from the Middle English word "pile," meaning "stake," or "post," in turn from the Old English "pilum," meaning "javelin." As such, it was likely a topographic name for someone who lived near a landmark stake or post; or perhaps an occupational name for a maker of stakes.

Early Origins of the Pyle family

The surname Pyle was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Pyle, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 by Duke William of Normandy.

Early History of the Pyle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pyle research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1444, 1446, 1597, 1603, 1650, 1674 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Pyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pyle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pyle, Pile, Pyll, Pyles, Pylie, Pilie, Pill and others.

Early Notables of the Pyle family (pre 1700)

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United States Pyle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pyle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Pyle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
  • Robert Pyle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
Pyle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pyle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Pyle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William L. Pyle, aged 55, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Brazos" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [2]
  • Louise A. Pyle, aged 51, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Brazos" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [3]
  • McComas Pyle, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Lockport" from Buenos Aires via St. Thomas [4]
  • Wellden Pyle, aged 25, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1920 aboard the ship "Fort Victoria" from Hamilton, Bermuda [5]

Australia Pyle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Pyle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850 [6]

New Zealand Pyle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah Pyle, (b. 1841), aged 32, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pyle (post 1700) +

  • John Howard Pyle (1906-1987), American politician, Governor of Arizona (1951-1955)
  • Thomas Delmer "Artimus" Pyle (b. 1948), American musician best known as the drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Denver Dell Pyle (1920-1997), American film and television actor
  • Ernie Taylor Pyle (1900-1945), American Pulitzer prize-winning journalist (1944, Correspondence)
  • Howard Pyle (1853-1911), American illustrator of books for young audiences
  • John Howard Pyle (1906-1987), American Republican politician, Governor of Arizona, 1951-55 [8]
  • John Pyle, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2008, 2012; Chair of Ellis County Republican Party, 2011 [8]
  • James S. Pyle, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1902 [8]
  • Isaac L. Pyle, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Aberdeen, Maryland, 1890-94 [8]
  • Henry H. Pyle, American politician, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1885-86 [8]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Pyle +

  • 2017 A Genealogical History of Bloss-Pyles-Ross-Sellards and their Kinsmen by Harry Leon Sellards, The Pyle-Pile Family in America, 1642-1980; also Pyles-Piles by Howard Thornton Pyle.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-J3X : 6 December 2014), William L. Pyle, 11 Mar 1919; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-J3F : 6 December 2014), Louise A. Pyle, 11 Mar 1919; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CV-13K : 6 December 2014), McComas Pyle, 14 Feb 1920; citing departure port Buenos Aires via St. Thomas, arrival port New York, ship name Lockport, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J681-92X : 6 December 2014), Wellden Pyle, 22 Oct 1920; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Fort Victoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLIVAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Bolivar.gif
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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