The origins of the name Piers are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture 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.
Early Origins of the Piers family
The surname Piers 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. 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.
Early History of the Piers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piers 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 Piers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Piers Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Piers family name include Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more.
Early Notables of the Piers family (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 Piers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Piers family to Ireland
Some of the Piers 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.
Migration of the Piers family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Piers surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Piers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Piers, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
Piers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Lewis Piers, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- Mary Piers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Temple Piers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1776