Last name: Pearce

Recorded in many spellings forms including: Pearce, Pears, Pearse, Piers, Peers, and Peres, this is regarded as a European surname as it is found in almost every country, and largely a 12th century Crusader introduction, but ultimately, of ancient biblical origins. The modern surname is a variant of the popular personal name Peter, which in medieval England was more usually found in the French form of Piers. Whatever the spelling the origination is from the Ancient Greek "Petros", meaning rock, and was the name given by Jesus to Simon, to be steadfastness in faith, and the rock on which the Christian church was to be created. With a build up like that, it was hardly surprising that St. Peter was the favourite saint of the medieval church, and his name hugely popular throughout Christendom. It is said that the name as "Piers" was brought to Britain by the Normans at the time of the Conquest of England in 1066. However we can find no definate proof of this claim, and our research suggests that it was a century later at least. Even then it was at first a personal name, but within a short time it had become one of the first surnames. Early recordings taken from authentic surviving rolls and charters of medieval England include: Robert Peres of Somerset in the register known as 'Kiby's Quest' in 1273, and Adam Pierce of Sussex in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. Later examples include: Captain William Pearce (or Peerce) who held 1700 acres of tree plantations in 'James Cittie' the original centre of the new colony of 'Virginea'. This was in the year 1626, whilst Danyell Pierce is recorded as having left Ipswich in England, on the ship "Elizabeth", bound for New England, in 1634. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is believed to be that of Gilbert Perse, which was dated 1198. This was in the pipe rolls of the city of London, during the reign of King Richard 1st, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Ben Pearce
Strong contingent of Pearce's here in the Pennines. My old man and his family are cockneys from London. He's Vern Pearce which I've always thought was a cool name. It fits his London swagger. Even named my cockerel after him but he recently got killed by a fox. RIP Vern

Seán Pearce
Seán Pádraig Pearce from Dublin, Ireland here, currently living in Sheffield, UK and have been for several years. Plenty of "Pea" Pearces on both sides of the pond. Was born with a full head of spikey hair & was almost named "Spike" at the last minute. If only!! Spike Pearce would have been legendary, but in the end I was named after my late Uncle (Father's brother) & Great Uncle (Father's Unlce) respectively although a lot of my Irish family now spell their name Pearse (an Irish language thing).

ben pearce
Im a pearce from bristol, uk

Cavan Pearce
very proud of my name have a grow son named Brendan Patrick Pearce named after Brendan Behan

Megan Pearce
proud to be a Pearce i wonder if im ifim realted to any of you

Audrey Pearce
Hi:) Just a hello to you all:)

William Pearce
William Pearce Hi Audrey, Thanks for the hello and Happy Holidays to you from Doreen, Janet and I. Will be phoning you soon.

Daniel Pearce
I'm a south london pearce, there's alot of us here.

Curtis Pearce
Man We Share A Pretty Historic Name *rock* lol

Charles Allen Pearce
I'm new to the crew. I've traced ancesters from Tennesee to Missouri in the mid to late 1800's, Lots of Pearces in Virginia but haven't made the connecction.

Sandra Pearce Barlow
My Pearce family has been in the Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire area of England since at least 1700--- my husband has a Pearce ancestor, totally unrelated to my lot, in Cornwall at about the same date. The family certificates, wills & papers over the years have many spellings-Pierse,Peers,Perce even! Seems to depend on who is doing the writing, so if you can trace your family back far enough it probably pre-dates spelling rules, and we're probably just one big happy family anyway! (-- Lots of my family in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and the US from way back)

Edison Pearce
Our family has been in the USA since the early 1600's and now reside in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, and California.

Gemma angharad pearce

I'm just starting out tracking my family history. I live in Hertfordshire, my father Gwynn Owen pearce is as you can guess by the name welsh, predominately most of the Pearce's in my family are welsh, however I have recently found a link to Greece! Thanks

lynda pearce

I'm a Pearce from leeds, west yorkshire uk. Didn't realise it was such a popular name

Anthony Pearce

I'm a Pearce from AL in America

Catrina Pearce

I'm from Wisconsin, USA. My ancestors came here from Cornwall, England.

Michael Pearce

My ancestors also came from Cornwall and migrated to Colorado. Most of these were mining families and settled there during the gold and silver rushes of the late 1800s.

Carl Pearce

I'm from a long line of Pearce's in Wales.

Dale Pearce

From Illinois, US. My Pearce family comes from Detroit, Michigan though. I have poked around in records, and found a whole cemetery full of Pearces in Detroit, but can't trace back further than my great-great Grandfather (buried there). I've got a possible clue to a link to Cornwall from this cemetery... very curious.

emma boot

my maiden name pearce and i have just found my 6 x great grandad john pearce in cornwall

Rebecca Pearce

I'm from Somerset, England, my grandpa John Pearce was from a farming family in Cornwall xx

Crystal Pearce Gladden

Long line of Pearces in Beaufort SC. My father Paul, his father Charles. I have researched twice and surprisingly never heard of English connections. I had found Italy and Greece. Crazy.

Sonny Pearce
I'm a Pearce from San Francisco. My great grandfather grew up on a Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma I believe, how we got Pearce as a name I'm not sure. Any leads?

Scott Pearce
Traced MY line to 1785, Castlereagh,Belfast. John Pearce. I'm sure we are connected to Cornwall / Gloustershire. Anybody out there? Hijta heh.

Dan Pearce
We've a large family spread out across Devon and Cornwall. We've traced back at least 300 years.

Tony Pearce
Pearce from Virginia here can trace grandfather's back to Richmond in the mid 1800s. Have always been told we were Irish decent but I have no real idea.

Reginald Pearce
Pearce from New York here. So far have traced back to James C. Pearce from or married in Newfoundland around 1845 to Olivia Garland.

Christian Pearce
Pearce from Valpariaso, Chile (South América) we know that our Family came from The UK, but we really Dont know if ir was from England or Irland. Best Regards

Susan Pearce Batchilder
I gave my youngest daughter Pearce as her first name. My grandfather came from England (Robert George Pearce) but he died before I was born. My dad, his son (Robert George Pearce II) was born in Kingston ON Canada in 1939. And my dad was not the oldest child. But of all his siblings, I believe he is the only one with "shit-brown" eyes. Everyone else had blue eyes.

James Pierce
My aunt actually spent 4 years and traveled from the US to the Caribbean, then to England then France. Following our family tree. Turns out, she was officially able to get to the mid 1400s. Where the spelling was Peirce. Within the next hundred years we emerge in England, where the spelling changes to Pierce. In 1632 2 Pierce brothers sailed in 2 different ships.1 went to Massachusetts, The New World. The other went to the Bahamas. In 1837 David Pierce sailed to Key West Florida at the age of 34. We are still there. The other brother was very successful and so started a rich early American family. Turns out that ex first lady Barbara Bush (maiden name Pierce) is a direct decendent of the brother that went to Massachusetts.

James Pierce
This is a short continuation of my earlier post. I am am reading the other posts they all seem to have gotten the Pearse or Pearce version of the surname. I wonder why the discrepancy? Any Pierce version of the name out there? Please reply, maybe we can learn from each other where there are gaps of time that I can't account for. I would like to know more about those times. Thanks.

James Pearce
I only know as far back as my great grandfather William A Pearce (1888-1963) from New Jersey. The the line disappears. Haven't seen that state in any of the previous posts here yet.

My grandfather was samul Pendry pearce
Samul was last now to be in Wales carmarthen I be leave been trying to findicate hin any no this person would be grateful natasha

bonnie pearce
were did we originate

Neil pearce
My dad was john pearce st.helens merseyside/england/lancashire his dad was richard apparently came from stoke in the war i believe the name is welsh/irish padrea pearce was irish think 1600s.

Andrew Pearce
I have two lines of Pearce`s in my family not blood related though. I have traced my side of the family back to Southampton, Hampshire area with Wiltshire appearing in the more recent past. The other Pearce line goes back to Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

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