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. One "Danyell Pierce" was an early settler in America, leaving Ipswich on the "Elizabeth", bound for New England, in 1634.The Coat of Arms granted to the family in 1641, has the blazon of a silver shield, two bars sable, between six red estoiles (stars) three, two and one. The Crest being an arm in armour holding a lance, with the motto; Cadenti porrigo dextram, translating as - I extend my right hand to the falling. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gilbert Perse, which was dated 1198, in the "London Pipe Rolls", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Piers — Courage Pour les articles homonymes, voir Courage. Piers Raymond Courage est un pilote automobile anglais, né le 27 mai 1942 à Colchester et décédé à 28 ans, le 21 juin 1970, à Zandvoort, dans un accident lors du GP des Pays Bas. Courage a… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Piers — ist der männliche Vorname folgender Personen: Piers Anthony (* 1934), englischer Schriftsteller Piers Courage (1942 1970), britischer Automobilrennfahrer Piers Gaveston, 1. Earl of Cornwall (1284–1312), Geliebter von König Eduard II. Piers Morgan …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Piers — m English: regular Middle English form of PETER (SEE Peter) (from the Old French nominative case, as against the oblique Pier). In the form PIERCE (SEE Pierce) it survived into the 18th century, although in part this may be a transferred use of… …   First names dictionary

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  • Piers — common Old French form of masc. proper name PETER (Cf. Peter) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • pierś — 1. Bić się, uderzać się, pot. walić się w cudze piersi «zrzucać na kogoś winę»: (...) główne ostrze oburzenia moralnego skierowane w nim jest (...) przeciw tym, co bili się wówczas w cudze piersi mając sami niezupełnie czyste sumienia (...). R.… …   Słownik frazeologiczny

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