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This is an English surname created from the popular and old - established personal name "Peter", which in medieval England was more usually found as "Piers". "Peter" derives from the Greek "Petros", meaning "rock", and was the name given by Jesus to Simon to be symbolic of steadfastness in faith. St. Peter was the favourite saint of the medieval church, and his name popular throughout Christendom during the Middle Ages. The version "Piers" is the French one, originally brought over by the Normans at the time of the Conquest in 1066. There are at least sixteen different spellings of the name in the modern idiom, from Pierce, Pearce and Piers, to Peers, Peres and Perse...

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Callum Pierce

It’s not much but a majority of Pierce families such as my own come from Kerry as the MacPearses (Macpiarais) of Kerry were important in the Irish side of the Desmond wars .


He is famous to our Pierce clan although does not meet the standard! :) I have been desperately trying to find his immigration or naturalization papers to show when he came to the US. Upon his death it states that he resided in the US for 43 or so years. He must have arrived as a teen and met and married Johanna Boyle or Doyle. This is what I have thus far: Stephen F Pierce was born in Ireland, the son of Jennie (possibly Mary Jane) and Frank or Francis Pierce. Stephen married Johanna Doyle (or Boyle). They had seven children in 18 years. He died on June 24, 1906, in Camden, New Jersey ..... I'm happy to pay for help in finding the county or area in Ireland where they came from. I have done DNA both on Ancestry and Uploaded to GedMatch ... My fathers kit number is A128092 John Pierce. My father is 84 this year and is desperately looking for some 'hope' that he will find more about his family roots! :) Thanks, Rebecca Pierce....


william pearce. born 1687, hanged for wrecking 1767. cornwall england

Jacqueline Pierce

Hi i thought there was a motto with this crest though its probably different in families. I remember it ours as Loyal to the End in latin. If you know anymore let me know. Thanks Jacqueline Pierce

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