Pershing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient German surname Pershing is derived from the Middle High German word "pfersich," meaning "peach." It is likely that the name was first borne by a peach grower or an orchard keeper; it is also possible that the progenitor of the name lived near a peach tree, or at a house or inn bearing the sign of a peach tree.

Early Origins of the Pershing family

The surname Pershing was first found in Swabia, where the Pershing family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The young Pershing family was instrumental during this formative period, playing a major role in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.

Early History of the Pershing family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pershing research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1420, 1448, and 1460 are included under the topic Early Pershing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pershing Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pfirsching, Pfersching, Pfirsich, Pfersich, Pfoersching, Pförsching, Pershing, Pfirisch, Pferisch, Pirshing, Pfersch and many more.

Early Notables of the Pershing family (pre 1700)

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United States Pershing migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pershing Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frederick Pershing, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pershing (post 1700) +

  • General John Joseph Pershing (1860-1948), American general, commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force in the First World War. Among the numerous decorations he received was the Distinguished Service Cross [2]
  • Robert Pershing Doerr (1918-2017), American Major League Baseball second baseman and coach; he played for the Boston Red Sox from 1937 to 1951
  • Parey Pershing Branton Sr. (b. 1916), retired American businessman and a former Democratic member of the Louisiana House
  • John Pershing Caulfield (b. 1918), American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, 1970 [3]
  • Woodrow Pershing Lipscomb, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, 1945-46 [4]
  • James Pershing Harrelson (1919-2003), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1957-60, 1991-94; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1963-76 [5]

  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. ^ John Pershing. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Pershing. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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