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List of famous female pirates, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female pirates list contains the most prominent and top females known for being pirates. There are thousand of females working as pirates in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic pirates have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a pirate then the people below should give you inspiration.

People include everyone from Mary Read to Anne Dieu-Le-Veut.

While this isn't a list of all female pirates, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female pirates?" and "Who are the best female pirates?"
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Anne Bonny is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Pirates
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Anne Bonny was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. What little is known of her life comes largely from Charles Johnson's A General History of the Pyrates. ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1698-1782)

Birthplace: Kinsale, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Pirate

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#183 on Complete List of Famous Pirates

#10 on Pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy

#29 on Famous People Named Anne

#64 on Famous People Named Anne

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Ching Shih is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Pirates
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Ching Shih, also known as Cheng I Sao, was a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century. She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 pirates. Another estimate has Cheng's fleet at 1,800 and crew at about 80,000— men, women, and even children. ...more

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Age: Died at 59 (1785-1844)

Profession: Pirate

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#238 on Complete List of Famous Pirates

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Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm née Hammar, was a Swedish privateer in service of King Charles XII of Sweden during the Great Northern War. ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1692-1729)

Birthplace: Sweden

Profession: Pirate

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#198 on Complete List of Famous Pirates

#25 on Pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy

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Mary Read is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Pirates
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Mary Read a.k.a. Mark Read, was an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time; they are the only two women known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. ...more

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Age: Died at 36 (1685-1721)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Pirate

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#218 on Complete List of Famous Pirates

#45 on Pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy

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Anne Dieu-Le-Veut also called Marie-Anne or Marianne was a French Pirate. Alongside Jaquotte Delahaye, she was one of very few female Buccaneers. ...more

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Birthplace: France

Profession: Pirate

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#20 on Pirates and Buccaneers of the 17th Century

#121 on Complete List of Famous Pirates

#54 on Famous People Named Anne

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Awilda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Pirates
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Awilda, also known as Alwilda, was a female pirate. The story of Awilda is doubted by some historical scholars and considered to be a legend. ...more

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Profession: Pirate

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#14 on Complete List of Famous Pirates

#7 on Famous Medieval Pirates

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Jacquotte Delahaye, was a French pirate, or buccaneer, active in the Caribbean sea. Alongside Anne Dieu-Le-Veut, she was one of very few female buccaneers. Jacquotte Delahaye reportedly came from Saint-Domingue in present day Haiti, and was the daughter of a French father and a Haitian mother. Her ...more

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Profession: Pirate

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#19 on Pirates and Buccaneers of the 17th Century

#120 on Complete List of Famous Pirates

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Charlotte de Berry was a female pirate captain. ...more

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Birthplace: England

Profession: Pirate

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