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Pierson Name Meaning

English: variant of Pearson . North German: patronymic from the personal name Pier a variant of Peer vernacular shortened form of Peter . Compare Peerson .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Person, Pierron, Peerson, Diersen, Pearson, Iverson, Peterson, Herson

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Where is the Pierson family from?

You can see how Pierson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pierson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pierson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 141 Pierson families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Pierson's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pierson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pierson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pierson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pierson. 15% of Pierson men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Pierson women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pierson were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 166,000 census records available for the last name Pierson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pierson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Pierson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Pierson. For the veterans among your Pierson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pierson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Pierson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pierson in 1940 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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