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Where did the English Pierce family come from? What is the English Pierce family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pierce family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pierce family history?The history of the name Pierce begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Peter. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pierce has been recorded under many different variations, including Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more.
First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierce research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1661, 1667, 1622, 1691, 1674, 1726, 1630, 1694, 1697, 1714, 1719, 1510, 1603, 1629, 1691, 1772, 1845, 1625, 1699, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Pierce History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pierce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Pierce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pierce or a variant listed above:
Pierce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abraham Pierce, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Experience Pierce settled in Salem in 1630
- Isaac Pierce, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1632
- William Pierce, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633
- Daniel Pierce settled in Boston in 1634
Pierce Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joan Pierce, who landed in Virginia in 1705
Pierce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Pierce, aged 66, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
- Alex Pierce, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
- Matthew Pierce, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
- Ann Pierce, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
- David Pierce, aged 34, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
Pierce Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Joseph Pierce, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Lewis Pierce, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Pierce Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Patrick Pierce, who landed in Halifax or New York in 1811
Pierce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Pierce, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Thomas Pierce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
- William Pierce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849
- Robert Pierce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850
- William Pierce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850
Pierce Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Pierce, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
- William Pierce arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
- John Pierce, aged 21, a groom, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
- James Pierce, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Emma Pierce, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Walter William Pierce (1927-2015), American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball
- Brigadier-General John Theodore Pierce (1892-1976), American Commandant of War Department Personnel Center Fort Sheridan (1945-1946)
- Brigadier-General Clinton Albert Pierce (1894-1966), American Commanding Officer 26th Cavalry regiment (1941-1942)
- Major-General John Leonard Pierce (1895-1959), American President Secretary of War's Discharge Review Board (1945-1946)
- Brigadier-General Carleton Custer Pierce (1877-1958), American Adjutant-General of West Virginia (1927-1933), (1941-1946)
- Wendell Pierce (b. 1962), American actor
- Paul Pierce (b. 1977), American NBA basketball player
- Webb Pierce (1921-1991), American country music singer
- John Robinson Pierce (1910-2002), American engineer and author
- Jack Warren Pierce (b. 1962), American silver and two-time bronze medalist hurdler
- Eslick-Pierce Family history by Jacqueline R. Burt.
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The Pierce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pierce Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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