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The name Pierson reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Pierson family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Pierson is based on the French given name Pierre, which is equivalent to the English Peter.
The surname Pierson was first found in Berwickshire where the name was derived as "son of Pier." Walter Pierson of Berwickshire rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. However, some of the family were found at early times in Lancashire, specifically at the township of Shevington where "Crook Hall was the seat of the Pearsons." 
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pierson are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pierson include Pearson, Peerson, Pierson, Peirson and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierson research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1369, 1472, 1613, 1686, 1628, 1670, 1648, 1665, 1647, 1720, 1677, 1720, 1612, 1686, 1662, 1667 and are included under the topic Early Pierson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pierson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Pierson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pierson, or a variant listed above:
Pierson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Pierson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pierson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pierson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Pierson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Pierson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pierson 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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