Pirian History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Pirian is thought to be derived from "Pyrton," the name of an ancient village located near Watlington in Oxfordshire which is itself derived from the Old English "pere-tun," meaning "pear-tree farm." [1]

Early Origins of the Pirian family

The surname Pirian was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Pirian family held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. Hence, conjecturally, the Pirian family is descended from the tenant of the parish of Pyrton.

Early History of the Pirian family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pirian research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1166 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Pirian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pirian Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pyrton, Pyrtone, Pirtom, Pirtone, Pyrten, Pirten, Pirion, Pirren, Pyron and many more.

Early Notables of the Pirian family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Pirian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Pirian family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Pyrton, who immigrated to Jamaica in 1740.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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