Pyle One Name Study

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Welcome to the Pyle One Name Study; The objective of this study is to compile a comprehensive database of historical and genealogical records for the surname Pyle and its varied spellings.


Surname Origins and/or Surname Meaning

Pyle Name Meaning; English: from Middle English pile ‘stake’, ‘post’ (via Old English from Latin pilum ‘spike’, ‘javelin’), hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a stake or post serving as a landmark or a metonymic occupational name for a stake maker or a nickname for a tall strong man. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a marksman or an arrowsmith, from pijl ‘arrow’.[1]

Another source suggests "The surname Pyle is claimed to be synonymous with or derived from that of "Peel"; meaning a fortified farm house; a Northumberland Clan adopted this name with the spelling "Pyle" as their surname.[2]

Variations of Spelling and Usage


Links to the different variants surname index

By the Way...

Pyle Name written with Chinese letters: 派尔 (pinyin: pài ěr)
Pyle reversed is Elyp


  • See History of the Last Name Pyle
  • Pile or Pyle is a name that has long been associated with Exeter and its neighbourhood.
  1. George Pyle was sheriff of Exeter in 1620 (I.).
  2. Pile was a common name in Exmouth in the 17th century (Webb).
  3. The name still mostly gathers round Exeter and its district.[3]
  • From pil, a little hillock; also a sea ditch or salt-water trench, a trench filled at high water, a little harbour. According to Lhuyd, pill is also a manor or lordship[4]
  • Who fifty rock-rear’d pyles and castles...[5]
  • (English) One who came from Pylle (creek), in Somerset; dweller at a creek or small castle[6]
  • The same as Peel. There is a Northumbrian clan of this surname[7]
  • The same as Peel-a small tower. Halliwell[8]



  1. The goal is to connect the American Pyle's with their emigrant ancestor, through reliable research which includes credible Sources for the descendants that follow.
  2. Locate reliable sources for each branch of the Pyle lineage, to include all variations of spelling; and connect them to the Pyle Project
  3. Develop a linked spreadsheet to the project listing all relevant profiles that have been identified; group by Spelling of Surname; name of emigrant; and Port of departure/date and Port of entry/date and related family members
  1. Bibliographic information: QR code for Genealogy of the Pyle Family of Delaware County, Pennsylvania; Title: Genealogy of the Pyle Family of Delaware County, Pennsylvania: A Record of the Descendants of Robert, Nicholas and Ralph Pyle, Colonial Settlers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in 1683; Sons of Robert and Martha Pyle; Author: Joshua Eyre Hannum; Published; 1956;
    1. The Pyle-Pile family in America, 1642-1980: also Pyles-Piles; H.T. Pyle and J.(W.) Pyle, 1981 -
    2. First Families of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Volume 1; Volume II
    3. Early Church Records of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Volume 1; Volume II; by John Pitts Launey


Resources Section

(Include credible sources for different family units; by location (i.e. Chester Co., Pennsylvania); Emigrant name and/or origin; Include links whenever you can; List published books with links; websites dedicated to your surname)

  1. Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square
  2. Grace Lawn Memorial Park
  3. Carter Cemetery

Pennsylvania Pyle

North Carolina and Kentucky Pyle

Maryland Pyle's

Publications and Written works

Notable Pyles

Patriots-Served in the Military

Col John Pyle

Research help

Note: History behind the 97th Regiment-need to paraphrase history into profiles once located


  1. Dict. of American family names retrieved from
  2. History of Names cited in Lewis Palmer's genealogical record of the descendants of John and Mary Palmer; retrieved from:
  3. Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy
  4. Patronymica Cornu-Britannica (1870) by Richard Stephen Charnock
  5. Drayton, Poly-Olbion, xxix. 285. Surnames of the United Kingdom (1912) by Henry Harrison
  6. Dictionary of American Family Names (1956) by Elsdon Coles Smith
  7. Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower
  8. Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

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Hello! Would you be interested in adding my New Jersey Pyle’s to a sub category here? My ancestor Andrew Jackson Pyle-1340 and his father were born here in Salem County along their families. I have been trying to see if they link to the 3 immigrant Pyle brothers for many years and was a member of Pyle study on FTDNA.

Also asking to add Thomas Pyle to a New Jersey group, he had a large parcel of land here purchased for him about 1683 from Fenwick. The town of Pilesgrove in South Jersey was named for Thomas Pyle.

posted by Laurie (Cable) Olsson
Hi! I created the companion category for your name study (Category:Pyle Name Study). Feel free to edit it. The default for the template is to add the main category, but you can add a line to have a different category. See the ONS template page for details. Give me a holler if you have any questions about categorization.

I also created a redirect, so Project:Pyle (the link for the button from the Pyle surname page) brings you to this page.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett