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Pearse is one of the oldest family names to come from 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.

Pearse Early Origins



The surname Pearse was 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.

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Pearse Spelling Variations


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Pearse Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Pearse has undergone many spelling variations, including Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more.

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Pearse Early History


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Pearse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pearse 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 Pearse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pearse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pearse Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edmund Peirce or Pierse (died 1667), of Greenwich, Kent and Holborn, Middlesex, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Maidstone 1661 to 1667; Thomas Pierce or Peirse (1622-1691), an English churchman and controversialist, President of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Dean...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pearse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pearse In Ireland


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Pearse In Ireland



Some of the Pearse 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Pearse were among those contributors:

Pearse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Pearse settled in St. Christopher in 1633

Pearse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Pearse, aged 38, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"
  • William Pearse, aged 52, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Gilmore"
  • Jeffery Pearse, aged 26, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • Mary Pearse, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Pearse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C. Pearse arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pearse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pearse (post 1700)



  • Richard Pearse, American politician, U.S. Consul in Matamoros, 1832
  • George Pearse, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908
  • Frederic M. P. Pearse, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1932
  • Abraham Pearse, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1841
  • Samuel George Pearse (1897-1919), Australian soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • William Pearse (1881-1916), Irish nationalist, younger brother of Patrick Pearse
  • Richard Pearse (1877-1953), New Zealand farmer and inventor who may have beat the Wright Bros in flying a heavier-than-air machine in March 1903
  • Guy Pearse, Australian author, environmentalist, and Liberal Party whistle blower
  • Charles Pearse (1884-1953), South African cricketer
  • Barbara Pearse (b. 1948), British biological scientist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pearse Historic Events


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Pearse Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Sidney C Pearse (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Andover, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John F F Pearse (b. 1903), English Electrical Artificer 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Reginald M Pearse, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    11. ...

    The Pearse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pearse 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 20 October 2015 at 10:35.

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