Bier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Bier family

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.

Early History of the Bier family

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Bier Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Bier family (pre 1700)

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United States Bier migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Joseph Bier, who landed in America in 1739 [1]
  • Lenerd Bier, aged 27, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Peter, Bier Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Johan Philip Bier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • 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 [1]
  • John Bier, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Augusta Bier, who landed in America in 1852 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bier (post 1700) +

  • Nicholas Bier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1954 [2]
  • Louis Bier, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Ceiba, 1897-98 [2]
  • H. A. Bier, American politician, Mayor of Kennewick, Washington, 1911-12 [2]
  • George W. Bier, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Martinsville, Virginia, 1848-53 [2]
  • 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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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