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The German surname Bier is generally thought to be derived from the word "bier" and "mann, " which translates to "beer-man." Thus the original bearer of the name was likely a tavern owner, a brewer, or someone whose occupation involved beer.

Bier Early Origins



The surname Bier was first found in the region of the Rhineland-Palatinate, where the ancestors of bearers of the Bier surname were an integral part of the local communities, and contributed to the development of the Feudal System that became the backbone of early European society. Records of this surname in Germany date back as far as the thirteenth century. In the year 1290, there were two men bearing this name: Rudolf, and Wernher genannt (called) die Biermenlin in the town of Esslingen. There is also a record of a Werner der Bierman, whose name appeared in a document in Wurttemburg in 1349.

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Bier Spelling Variations


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Bier Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bier, Bierman, Biermann, Behrman, Behrmann and others.

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Bier Early History


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Bier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bier research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1349 is included under the topic Early Bier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Bier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Joseph Bier, who landed in America in 1739
  • Lenerd Bier, aged 27, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Peter, Bier Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johan Philip Bier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Caspar Bier, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Heinrich Bier immigrated to the New World in 1836 with his wife and 10 children
  • Henry Bier, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • John Bier, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Augusta Bier, who landed in America in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bier (post 1700)



  • Nicholas Bier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1954
  • Louis Bier, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Ceiba, 1897-98
  • H. A. Bier, American politician, Mayor of Kennewick, Washington, 1911-12
  • George W. Bier, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Martinsville, Virginia, 1848-53
  • Martin "Max" Bier (1854-1934), German chess master
  • August Karl Gustav Bier (1861-1949), German surgeon and the pioneer of spinal anaesthesia, eponym of the "Bier block"
  • Susanne Bier (b. 1960), Danish film director, film producer and screenwriter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bier 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 May 2016 at 11:54.

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