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

The Pyles 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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pyles research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1444, 1446, 1597, 1603, 1650, 1674, and 1756 are included under the topic Early Pyles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pyles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pyles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Pyles, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1834

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  • Vern Pyles, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Stephan Pyles, American world-class chef, cookbook author, philanthropist, and educator
  • Howard Pyles (1853-1911), American illustrator
  • M. A. Pyles, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1944
  • John W. Pyles, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Monongalia County; Elected 1962, 1964
  • John W. Pyles, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wetzel County, 1937-38
  • John E. Pyles, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Kansas, 1972
  • James A. Pyles, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Martinsville, West Virginia, 1915-23
  • James Pyles, American Democrat politician, Vice-chair of West Virginia Democratic Party, 1969
  • J. B. Pyles, American Democrat politician, Chair of Wetzel County Democratic Party, 1917

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  • The Pyle-Pile Family in America, 1642-1980; also Pyles-Piles by Howard Thornton Pyle.
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  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Pyles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pyles 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 3 February 2016 at 09:31.

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