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The origins of the name Peers are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name 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.

Peers Early Origins



The surname Peers 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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Peers Spelling Variations


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Peers Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Peers has been spelled many different ways, including Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more.

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Peers Early History


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Peers Early History



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

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Peers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Peers 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 Peers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Peers In Ireland


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Peers In Ireland



Some of the Peers 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Peerss to arrive in North America:

Peers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan Peers, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1650
  • Magdalena Jansen Peers, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1650
  • Richard Peers, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • John Peers, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Peers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Simms Peers, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Peers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Peers arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Sarah Peers arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Peers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Peers (post 1700)



  • Robert A. Peers, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1936, 1940
  • Kerry Peers (b. 1964), English actress, best known for her role as Suzi Croft in The Bill 1993 to 1998
  • Edgar Allison Peers (1891-1952), known by his pseudonym Bruce Truscot, an English Hispanist and educationist
  • Frank Wayne Peers (1918-2016), Canadian political scientist and historian
  • William R. Peers (1914-1984), United States Army General, known for presiding over the Peers Commission investigation into the My Lai massacre and other similar war crimes during the Vietnam War
  • Edward John "Teddy" Peers (1886-1935), Wales international football goalkeeper
  • Michael Geoffrey Peers (b. 1934), Canadian Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 1986 to 2004
  • Gavin Peers (b. 1985), Irish footballer from Dublin
  • Donald Rhys Hubert Peers (1908-1973), Welsh singer, best known for his signature song "In a Shady Nook by a Babbling Brook"

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Peers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peers 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 17 November 2016 at 07:27.

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