Pierce Family History

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Pierce Name 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Kierce, Pierre, Piers, Preece, Percy, Bierce, Zierke, Pere, Pee, Pirc

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Pierce Family Origin

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Pierce Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Pierce occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Pierce's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pierce. A less common occupation for the Pierce family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Pierce Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Pierce. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pierce census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Pierce. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Pierce. For the veterans among your Pierce ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pierce Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Pierce life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Pierce in 1940 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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