The Pierse surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name 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 Pierse family
The surname Pierse 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 Pierse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierse 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 Pierse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pierse Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Pierse are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pierse include: Pearce, Pierce, Pierse, Pearse, Pears, Peerce, Peers, Peirse and many more.
Early Notables of the Pierse 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 Pierse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pierse family to Ireland
Some of the Pierse 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 Pierse family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pierse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Pierse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BOLTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Bolton.htm