Piers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Some of the family were also found in Cornwall. "The barton house of Davidstowe, [in the parish of Davistow, Cornwall] which is now inhabited by labourers, and Trehane, now occupied by a farmer, were originally seats of the Pearse family, from whom, together with their estates, they passed in marriage to John Nicholls, Esq. Since that time Davidstowe has again returned to the Pearse family; and, together with the great tithes, is now the property of William Pearse, Esq.. whose residence is at Holwell." [2]

Early History of the Piers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piers research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1548, 1615, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1622, 1691, 1674, 1726, 1630, 1694, 1697, 1714, 1719, 1510, 1603, 1629, 1691, 1772, 1845, 1625, 1699, 1612, 1645, 1690 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 William Peeris ( fl. 1520), English chronicler, clerk in holy orders and secretary to Henry Algernon Percy, fifth earl of Northumberland. Stephen Perse (1548-1615), was founder of the Perse Grammar School at Cambridge and Fellow of Cambridge College. Sir Edmund Peirce or Pierse (died 1667), of Greenwich, Kent and Holborn, Middlesex, was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Maidstone 1661 to 1667...
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Ireland 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 201 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Piers migration to the United States +

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

Canada Piers migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Piers (post 1700) +

  • Dominic Piers Ostler (b. 1970), English former cricketer who played in first-class, List A and Twenty20 cricket for Warwickshire between 1990 and 2004
  • William Piers Ormerod (1818-1860), British anatomist and surgeon
  • James Piers St Aubyn (1815-1895), English architect
  • Piers Calverley Claughton (1814-1884), English Bishop of Colombo, born at Haydock Lodge, Winwick, Lancashire, on 8 Jan. 1814, son of Thomas Claughton (M.P. for Newton, Lancashire, 1818-25, who died in 1842) [3]
  • Mr. Piers Guy Beresford Strudwick O.B.E., British Lieutenant Colonel for the Royal Regiment of Scotland, recipient of Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [4]
  • Piers James Hampden Inskip (b. 1947), 3rd Viscount Caldecote, British peer
  • Piers Benn (b. 1962), British philosopher, known for his work in ethics, including medical ethics, philosophy of religion
  • Sir Piers Kenrick Debenham (1904-1964), 2nd Baronet, English peer
  • Piers Macleod Blaikie (b. 1942), Scottish geographer and scholar of international development and natural resources
  • Piers Faccini (b. 1970), English singer, painter and songwriter

  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. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists

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