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Meaning and Origin of: Pierce

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Rock, stone
  • English : Rock

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English, Welsh, and Irish : from the personal name Piers, the usual Norman vernacular form of Peter. In Wales this represents a patronymic ap Piers. In Ireland it represents a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Piarais ‘son of Piaras’, a Gaelicized form of Piers.
  • Americanized form of some similar-sounding Jewish surname.
  • Franklin Pierce (1804–69), 14th president of the United States, was born in Hillsborough, NH, on the New England frontier. His English ancestor Thomas Pierce emigrated to Charlestown, MA, in 1633/34.

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