History List of Famous Pirates

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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
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 ...more

Paul Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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 ...more

Bartholomew Roberts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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, ...more

Henry Every is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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 ...more

Francis Drake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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 ...more

William Dampier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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 ...more

Charles Vane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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 ...more

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

Cheung Po Tsai is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Cheung Po Tsai was a 19th-century Chinese pirate. He was also known as Cheung Po/Chang Pao/Zhang Bao. Several places in Hong Kong are linked to Cheung Po Tsai: Cheung Po Tsai Cave, on Cheung ...more

Thomas Tew is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Thomas Tew, also known as the Rhode Island Pirate, was a 17th-century English privateer-turned-pirate. Although he embarked on only two major piratical voyages, and met a bloody death on the ...more

Edward England is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Edward England, born Edward Seegar was a famous African coast and Indian Ocean pirate captain from 1717 to 1720. The ships he sailed on included the Pearl and later the Fancy, for which England ...more

Ching Shih is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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 ...more

Ingela Gathenhielm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm née Hammar, was a Swedish privateer in service of King Charles XII of Sweden during the Great Northern War.

Robert Culliford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Robert Culliford was an English pirate from Cornwall who is best remembered for repeatedly checking the designs of Captain William Kidd.

Dirk Chivers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Dirk Chivers was a Dutch pirate active in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean during the 1690s.

Emanuel Wynn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Emanuel Wynn was a French pirate of the 18th century, and is often considered the first pirate to fly the Jolly Roger. His design incorporated an hourglass beneath the bones to represent that ...more

Stede Bonnet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Stede Bonnet was an early 18th-century Barbadian pirate, sometimes called "The Gentleman Pirate" because he was a moderately wealthy landowner before turning to a life of crime. Bonnet ...more

Stenka Razin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Stepan Timofeyevich Razin, a Cossack leader, headed a major uprising against the nobility and tsarist bureaucracy in southern Russia.

Jean Bart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Jean Bart was a French naval commander and privateer.

Guillaume Le Testu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Guillaume Le Testu, sometimes referred to as Guillaume Le Têtu was a French privateer, explorer and navigator. He was one of the foremost cartographers of his time and an author of the ...more

Nathaniel Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Nathaniel Gordon was the only American slave trader to be tried, convicted, and executed "for being engaged in the Slave Trade," under the Piracy Law of 1820.

Kristoffer Throndsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Kristoffer Throndsen, posthumously also with the family name Rustung, was a squire, admiral, feudal overlord in Norway and Denmark, privateer captain and pirate. Kristoffer served Archbishop ...more

Jean Fleury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Jean Fleury was a 16th-century French naval officer and privateer. He is best known for the capture of two out of the three Spanish galleons carrying the Aztec treasure from Mexico to Spain in ...more

Thomas Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Sir Thomas Cavendish was an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliberately tried to emulate Sir Francis Drake and raid the Spanish ...more

Hippolyte Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Hippolyte Bouchard, or Hipólito Bouchard, was a French Argentine sailor, pirate and corsair who fought for Argentina, Chile, and Peru. During his first campaign as an Argentine corsair he ...more

Turgut Reis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Dragut was an Ottoman Greek Admiral and privateer who also served as Bey of Algiers; Beylerbey of the Mediterranean; and first Bey, later Pasha, of Tripoli. Under his naval command the Ottoman ...more

Aruj is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Oruç Reis was a Barbary pirate. He was Ottoman Bey of Algiers and Beylerbey of the West Mediterranean and the elder brother of Hayreddin Barbarossa. He was born on the Ottoman island of ...more

Uluç Ali Reis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Occhiali, a convert to Islam, was a corsair who later became an Ottoman admiral, Bey of the Regency of Algiers, and finally Grand Admiral of the Ottoman Fleet in the 16th century. Born Giovanni ...more

Mary Read is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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 ...more

Jacob Willekens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Jacob Willekens or Wilckens was a Dutch admiral on a fleet to the Dutch Indies, and a herring seller, who went to sea again at the age of fifty for the Dutch West Indies Company. His most ...more

Lancelot Blackburne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Lancelot Blackburne was an English clergyman, who became Archbishop of York, and – in popular belief – a pirate. He was described by Horace Walpole, in his Memories, as "…Blackbourn, the ...more

Alexander Dalzeel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Alexander Dalzeel was a seventeenth-century pirate and former officer under Henry Avery. Born in Port Patrick, Scotland, Dalzeel went to sea as a child and, by the age of 23, was captain of his ...more

Francois le Clerc is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Pirates
François or Francis Le Clerc, known as "Jambe de Bois", was a 16th-century French privateer, originally from Normandy. He is credited as the first pirate in the modern era to ...more

Anicetus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Anicetus was the leader of an unsuccessful anti-Roman uprising in Colchis in 69/ Formerly a freedman of King Polemon II of Pontus, Anicetus commanded the royal fleet until Polemonia was ...more

Samuel Mason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Samuel Mason or Meason was a Revolutionary War, Virginia militia captain on the American western frontier, who following the war, became the leader of a gang of river pirates and highwaymen on ...more

Woodes Rogers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Woodes Rogers was an English sea captain, privateer, and, later, the first Royal Governor of the Bahamas. He is known as the captain of the vessel that rescued the marooned Alexander Selkirk, ...more

John Callis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Pirates
John Callis was a 16th-century Welsh pirate. He was active in South Wales from Cardiff to Haverfordwest, often selling his prizes and cargo in the villages of Laugharne and Carew in Milford ...more

Olivier van Noort is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Olivier van Noort was the first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world. Olivier van Noort was born in 1558 in Utrecht. He left Rotterdam on 2 July 1598 with four ships and a plan to attack Spanish ...more

Jean Lafitte is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Jean Lafitte was a French-American pirate and privateer in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century. He and his elder brother, Pierre, spelled their last name Laffite, but English-language ...more

Michel de Grammont is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Michel de Grammont was a French pirate. He was born in Paris, France and was lost at sea in the north-east Caribbean, April 1686. His pirate career lasted from around 1670 to 1686 during which ...more

Jack Ward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Pirates
John Ward or Birdy, also known as Jack Ward and under his Muslim name Yusuf Reis, was a notorious English pirate around the turn of the 17th century who later became a Barbary Corsair operating ...more

Olivier Levasseur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Olivier Levasseur, was a pirate, nicknamed La Buse or La Bouche in his early days, called thus because of the speed and ruthlessness with which he always attacked his enemies. He is also known ...more

Zheng Zhilong is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Zheng Zhilong, also known as Nicholas Iquan Gaspard, was a Chinese merchant, pirate and military leader in the late Ming dynasty who later defected to the Qing dynasty. He was from Nan'an, ...more

Richard Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Admiral Sir Richard Hawkins was a 17th-century English seaman, explorer and Elizabethan "Sea Dog", and the son of Admiral Sir John Hawkins.

Jean Ango is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Jean Ango was a French ship-owner who provided ships to Francis I for exploration of the globe. A native of Dieppe, Ango took over his father's import-export business, and ventured into the ...more

Samuel Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Captain Samuel Bellamy, better known as "Black Sam" Bellamy, was an English pirate who operated in the early 18th century. Though his known career as a pirate captain lasted little ...more

Magister Wigbold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Magister Wigbold, also called “Master of the Seven Arts”, was a German pirate who belonged to the famous Likedeeler pirates of Klaus Störtebeker. Wigbold was one of the most noted ...more

Zheng Jing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Zheng Jing, courtesy names Xianzhi and Yuanzhi, pseudonym Shitian, was a 17th-century Chinese warlord and Ming Dynasty loyalist. He was the eldest son of Koxinga and a grandson of the ...more

James Alday is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Pirates
James Alday was a 16th-century English navigator, explorer and privateer. He participated in raids against the Spanish with fellow privateers James Logan and William Cooke during the 1540s and ...more

Diabolito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Diabolito or Little Devil was a 19th-century Cuban pirate. One of the more violent of the era, he actively engaged the United States Navy and was one of the main fugitives pursued during later ...more