Pilch Family History
Pilch Name Meaning
English (Norfolk): from Middle English pilch, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of pilches or a nickname for a habitual wearer of these. A pilch (from Late Latin pellicia, a derivative of pellis ‘skin’, ‘hide’) was a kind of coarse leather garment with the hair or fur still on it. Polish: nickname from Old Polish pilch ‘gray squirrel’. Jewish (from Ukraine): metonymic occupational name from Yiddish piltsh ‘felt’ (see 1).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press