Pill


Pill
This unusual English surname recorded in the spellings of Pill, Pell, Piller, Pillers and Pillar, has three distinct possible origin sources. It may be of pre 10th century Old French origin, and as such introduced by the followers of William, The Conqueror after the Invasion of 1066. If so it was a nickname for an officer of the law whose job it was to seize the assets of debtors in default of payment, the modern bailiff. The derivation, in this instance, is from the French "pilleur", meaning plunderer, and a quotation from the medieval directory "Promptorium Parvulorum",states that "Pylowre, or he that pelyth other men, as cachpolls or odyre lyk; pilator, depredator". Early examples of the surname from this source include: Roger le Pilur in the 1246 Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire, where he was a witness The second possibility is again of French origin, from residence by a pillar. Quite what sort of 'pillar' in unclear, but is possibly a reference to a steep hill. Finally, the surname may be of Olde English origin, from residence by a 'pile', a stream or creek, and deriving from the pre 7th Century word "pyll". Early examples from this source include Hugh de la Pille of Somerset in 1225, and John atte Pelle of Sussex in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. The first recorded spelling of the family name may be that of Robert de la Pulle, which was dated 1221, in the rolls of Worecestershire. This was during the reign of King Henry 111 of England, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Pill — Pill …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pill — [ pıl ] noun count * a small piece of solid medicine that you swallow with water: sleeping/contraceptive/vitamin pills take a pill: Did you remember to take your pills this morning? pill for: The doctor prescribed some pills for the pain. a. the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pill — can refer to: * A ball, or anything small and round, hence also: ** A pill (pharmacy): A pharmacological dosage form, now rendered obsolete by tablets and capsules, hence also: *** The Pill , a general nickname for the combined oral contraceptive …   Wikipedia

  • pill — ► NOUN 1) a small round mass of solid medicine for swallowing whole. 2) (the Pill) a contraceptive pill. ► VERB ▪ (of knitted fabric) form small balls of fluff on its surface. ● a bitter pill Cf. ↑a bitter pill …   English terms dictionary

  • Pill — Pill, n. [F. pilute, L. pilula a pill, little ball, dim. of L. pila a ball. Cf. {Piles}.] 1. A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole. [1913 Webster] 2. Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Blason inconnu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pill — pill1 [pil] n. [LME pylle, contr. < L pilula, dim. of pila, a ball: see PILES] 1. a small ball, tablet, capsule, etc. of medicine to be swallowed whole 2. anything unpleasant but unavoidable 3. a) something like a pill in shape b) …   English World dictionary

  • Pill — Pill, v. t. [Cf. L. pilare to deprive of hair, and E. pill, n. (above).] 1. To deprive of hair; to make bald. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To peel; to make by removing the skin. [1913 Webster] [Jacob] pilled white streaks . . . in the rods. Gen. xxx …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Pill, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Pilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pilling}.] [F. piller, L. pilare; cf. It. pigliare to take. Cf. {Peel} to plunder.] To rob; to plunder; to pillage; to peel. See {Peel}, to plunder. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] Pillers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Pill, n. [Cf. {Peel} skin, or {Pillion}.] The peel or skin. [Obs.] Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills, as the locusts. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Pill, v. i. To be peeled; to peel off in flakes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English