Last name origins & meanings:
- Polish (Piłat), Czech and Slovak (Pilát), and French: from Latin Pilatus, name of the Roman governor of Judea who
interrogated Christ, then ‘washed his hands’ of responsibility for his
crucifixion. This was used as a nickname for someone who would take no
responsibility, or perhaps for someone who had played the role of
Pontius Pilate in a pageant or passion play.
- French: habitational name from Pilat in Gironde, Le Mont Pilat in
Loire, or Pilate in Cher.
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