The roots of the distinguished German surname Hiers lie in Silesia
. The name literally means "deer, hart," and is likely of occupational
origin. The initial bearer of the name was probably a herdsman or a keeper of deer.
Early Origins of the Hiers family
The surname Hiers was first found in Silesia
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Hiers family
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Hiers Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Hirsch, Hirsche, Hirschel, Hirsh, Hersch, Herschel and many more.
Early Notables of the Hiers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hiers family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Hirsch, who came to Philadelphia in 1731; as did Peter Hirsch in the same year, as well as Simon Hirsch in 1740 and Martin Hirsch in 1749; Adolph Hirsch, who came to Texas in 1859.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hiers (post 1700)
- Walter Hiers (1893-1933), American silent film actor who starred in 101 films in his short twenty year career; he died from pneumonia in 1933, aged 39
- James Hiers McColl (1844-1929), Australian politician