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The history of the name Pierce begins with 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.

Pierce Early Origins



The surname Pierce was first found in Somerset where one of the first records of the family was listed with an early spelling of the name: Richard Perys, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) The same rolls included Robert Peres; Ralph Peres; and Adam Peres. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.

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Pierce Spelling Variations


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Pierce Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pierce has been recorded under many different variations, including Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more.

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Pierce Early History


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Pierce Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierce research. Another 176 words (13 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 Pierce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pierce Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Pierce In Ireland


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Pierce In Ireland



Some of the Pierce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 251 words (18 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pierce or a variant listed above:

Pierce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abraham Pierce, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Experience Pierce, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Isaac Pierce, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1632 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Pierce, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Daniel Pierce, who settled in Boston in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pierce Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joan Pierce, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Pierce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Pierce, aged 66, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alex Pierce, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Matthew Pierce, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Ann Pierce, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • David Pierce, aged 34, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pierce Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Pierce, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Lewis Pierce, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. James Pierce U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Pierce Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Pierce, who landed in Halifax or New York in 1811

Pierce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Pierce, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • Thomas Pierce, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • William Pierce, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF BRONTE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DukeOfBronte.htm
  • Robert Pierce, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Midlothian 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Midlothian.gif
  • William Pierce, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SALACIA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Salacia.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pierce Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Pierce, aged 38, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • William Pierce, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • John Pierce, aged 21, a groom, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • James Pierce, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Emma Pierce, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pierce (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pierce (post 1700)



  • Walter William Pierce (1927-2015), American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Brigadier-General John Theodore Pierce (1892-1976), American Commandant of War Department Personnel Center Fort Sheridan (1945-1946) [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) John Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/John_Theodore/USA.html
  • Brigadier-General Clinton Albert Pierce (1894-1966), American Commanding Officer 26th Cavalry regiment (1941-1942) [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Clinton Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/Clinton_Albert/USA.html
  • Major-General John Leonard Pierce (1895-1959), American President Secretary of War's Discharge Review Board (1945-1946) [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) John Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/John_Leonard/USA.html
  • Brigadier-General Carleton Custer Pierce (1877-1958), American Adjutant-General of West Virginia (1927-1933), (1941-1946) [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Carleton Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/Carleton_Custer/USA.html
  • Wendell Pierce (b. 1962), American actor
  • Paul Pierce (b. 1977), American NBA basketball player
  • Webb Pierce (1921-1991), American country music singer
  • John Robinson Pierce (1910-2002), American engineer and author
  • Jack Warren Pierce (b. 1962), American silver and two-time bronze medalist hurdler
  • ... (Another 204 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pierce Historic Events


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Pierce Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Augustus Pierce, British Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914 [13]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert D Pierce (b. 1921), Welsh Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking [14]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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Suggested Readings for the name Pierce


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Suggested Readings for the name Pierce



  • Eslick-Pierce Family history by Jacqueline R. Burt.
  • Fifty New England Colonists and Five Virginia Families by Florence Weiland.

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Citations



  1. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF BRONTE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DukeOfBronte.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MIDLOTHIAN 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Midlothian.gif
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SALACIA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Salacia.gif
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) John Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/John_Theodore/USA.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Clinton Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/Clinton_Albert/USA.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) John Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/John_Leonard/USA.html
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Carleton Pierce. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Pierce/Carleton_Custer/USA.html
  13. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. 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.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

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