Quick Facts on Pierce
- English, French
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Characteristics of Pierce
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Pierce
Pierce is the anglicized form of Piers which developed into an English surname from the French personal name Pierre (Peter in English). Piers was a regularly used vernacular form of Pierre in medieval England, brought there after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Pierre (like Peter) is a name derived from the Greek word “pétros” meaning ‘rock.’ The name is borne in the New Testament by one of Christ’s apostles, a fisherman and brother of Andrew (another disciple). Originally called Simon, he was given the nickname Peter or ‘rock’ by Jesus himself (Pétros in Greek and Cephas in Aramaic), and is therefore often referred to as Simon-Peter. In Matthew 16:17-18, Jesus says explicitly “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!...And I tell you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Clearly, Jesus played favorites and Peter was his main man. Not only Is Peter considered the founder of the Christian Church (the rock upon which it was built), but he is also regarded as the first pope in Roman Catholic tradition since Jesus gave Peter “the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” In fact, it is Saint Peter that Christians expect to meet at the pearly gates of heaven one day. The name Piers was featured in a 14th century poem called “William’s Vision of Piers Plowman”, written by William Langland and widely considered one of the most significant works of medieval English literature. The lengthy poem is a Christian allegory wherein Piers Plowman is the virtuous, hard-laboring, Christ-like figure who serves as a guide to Truth, imploring his society to live righteously and saving them from the consequences of sin. Given St. Peter’s popularity as a favorite medieval saint, it’s not surprising that Langland gave his character this name; like his namesake, Piers demonstrates an unwavering steadfastness to his faith. Piers/Pierce became an English surname dating back to 12th century England.
Popularity of the Name Pierce
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Pierce was a name only lightly used and often fell off the charts altogether. By the 1940s, this name retreated into the shadows completely and remained off the American male naming charts for the next 40+ years. Pierce finally returned in 1984 which was most likely influenced by the very handsome Irish actor, Pierce Brosnan, who was then the dashing star of the TV drama “Remington Steele”. The name got another bump up the male naming charts in 1996, the year after Pierce Brosnan was named the fifth James Bond. While the tall, dark and handsome actor with his charming Irish brogue has not sent his name into the stratospheres of popularity, he has brought an attractive quality to it. Pierce is a modest one-syllable name with unassuming confidence. Solid like a “rock”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Pierce
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Pierce
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Pierce
Piers Plowman (William’s Vision of Piers Plowman) Piers Plowman is the title character of the Middle English allegorical poem, William’s Vision of Piers Plowman, believed by many scholars to have been written by William Langland somewhere between 1360 and 1387, and long considered to be among the earliest great works of English literature. The plot consists of a man’s (the narrator, “Will”) quest to live the best possible Christian life, and the vision he has while following that dream. Sounds like a page-turner, right? Well, as an allegory for today’s climate, it is by no means irrelevant. Will is approached by the humble Piers, who offers to help the seeker find Truth. Piers represents the triumph of spiritual purity over materialistic endeavors, and as such, he stands legions above many of the “better” class of folk, including members of the clergy and the aristocracy. As integral to the health of a society as the lowly workers were, they were nonetheless undervalued by their social betters. This is but one of the points Langland was making over 700 years ago. Sound familiar still?
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Pierce
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Famous People Named Pierce
Famous People Named Pierce - Pierce Brosnan (Irish actor); Pierce Butler (Founding Father); Pierce Butler (Supreme Court Justice); Pierce O'Leary (Irish soccer player)
Children of Famous People Named Pierce
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Personality of the Boy Name Pierce
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Pierce