Pierce - Meaning of Pierce
[ 1 syll. pier-ce, pi-e-rce ] The baby boy name Pierce is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is Pih-RZ †. Pierce is largely used in the English, French, and Irish languages, and it is derived from Old Greek origins. The first name has been in use in Ireland since the Norman Conquest. It is usually derived from the surname, which is itself from the given name Piers.
In addition, Pierce is an English and French variant of the name Peter (Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, and Scandinavian).
Pierce is also a variant of the name Piers (English).
Pierce has 16 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Pears, Pearson, Pearsson, Peerce, Piercy, Piers, Pierson, Piersson, Pyrce, Pyrs, and Pyrse. The variant spellings Pearce (used in Irish too), Pearse, and Peirce are other English forms. Perce (Irish) and Perse (Irish) are foreign variants of Pierce.
Pierce is a fairly popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1980s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2012, 0.028% of baby boys were given the name Pierce. It ranked at #479 then. In 2012, out of the group of boy names directly linked to Pierce, Peter was the most frequently used. The name was thrice as popular as Pierce in that year. In the past century Pierce has mostly been a baby boy name.
† Pronunciation for Pierce: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)"
A famous person named Pierce is Actor, Pierce Brosnan, born 16 May 1953, Navan, County Meath, Ireland.