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List of famous pirates, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pirates in the world? This includes the most prominent pirates, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable pirates is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pirates were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned pirates.

Examples of people on this list: Cheung Po Tsai, Bartholomew Roberts and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known pirates to the lesser known pirates of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pirate field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pirates ever?" and "What are the names of famous pirates?" then you're in the right place. (200 items)
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Although little is known about his early life, he was probably born in Bristol, England. He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during ...more

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Profession: Pirate

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Paul Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Paul Franklin Watson is a Canadian environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct action group focused on marine conservation. The Toronto native joined a Sierra Club protest against nuclear testing in 1969. He was an early and influential member of Greenpeace, ...more

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Profession: Activist

Credits: Whale Wars, At the Edge of the World, Sharkwater, Behind the Mask

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Bartholomew Roberts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Bartholomew Roberts, born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722. He was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, as measured by vessels captured, taking over 470 prizes in his career. He is also known as Black Bart, ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1682-1722)

Birthplace: Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

Profession: Pirate

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Henry Every is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Henry Every, also Evory or Avery, sometimes erroneously given as John Avery, was an English pirate who operated in the Atlantic and Indian oceans in the mid-1690s. He likely used several aliases throughout his career, including Henry Bridgeman, and was known as Long Ben to his crewmen and ...more

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Birthplace: Newton Ferrers, United Kingdom

Profession: Pirate, Sailor

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Francis Drake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Sir Francis Drake, vice admiral was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580. Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581. He was ...more

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Birthplace: Devon, West Devon, Eurasia, South West England United Kingdom, + more

Profession: Pirate, Politician, Sailor, Buccaneer Engineer

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William Dampier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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William Dampier was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian, as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Sir ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1651-1715)

Birthplace: East Coker, United Kingdom

Profession: Pirate, Sailor

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Charles Vane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Charles Vane was an English pirate who preyed upon English and French shipping. His pirate career lasted from 1716 to 1719. His flagship was a brigantine named the Ranger. Vane was among the pirate captains who operated out of the notorious base at New Providence in the Bahamas known as the ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1680-1721)

Birthplace: England

Profession: Pirate

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Anne Bonny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous 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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