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The Peirce name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Peirce 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.

Peirce Early Origins



The surname Peirce 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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Peirce Spelling Variations


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Peirce Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Peirce were recorded, including Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more.

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Peirce Early History


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Peirce Early History



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

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Peirce Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Peirce In Ireland


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Peirce In Ireland



Some of the Peirce 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 oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Peirce family emigrate to North America:

Peirce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Peirce, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Eliza Peirce, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Peirce, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Peter Peirce, who landed in Virginia in 1647
  • Richard Peirce, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peirce Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Peirce, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Prudence Peirce, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Tobias Peirce, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Anne Peirce, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • James Peirce, who arrived in South Carolina in 1769

Peirce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Peirce, aged 38, arrived in Virginia in 1813

Peirce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Peirce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Peirce (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Peirce (post 1700)



  • Thomas Mitchell Peirce (b. 1865), American artist
  • Robert Bruce Fraser Peirce (1843-1898), U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Benjamin Osgood Peirce (1854-1914), American mathematician, Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard (1888-1914)
  • Alzira Peirce Albaugh (1908-2010), born Alzira Handforth Boehm, American political activist, artist and radio announcer
  • Silas Peirce (1793-1879), American grocer and politician, founder of Silas Peirce & Co, in Boston, Massachusetts 1815 which lasted for 111 years
  • Evelyn Peirce (1908-1960), American silent film actress, and into the 1930s
  • Daniel William Peirce (b. 1959), American photographer, author, entrepreneur and philosopher
  • Ebenezer Weaver Peirce (1822-1902), American brigadier general in the Massachusetts militia in the American Civil War
  • Kathleen Peirce (b. 1956), American poet, awarded a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • Henry Augustus Peirce (1808-1885), American businessman and diplomat appointed U.S. Minister to Hawaiian Islands in 1869
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Peirce Historic Events


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Peirce Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. James P Peirce (b. 1900), English Chief Petty Officer Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Worthing, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Peter Raymond Peirce (1948-1988), American Architect And Student from Perrysburg, Ohio, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

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

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