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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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The surname Pyles 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.

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


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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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  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

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