Pyers family crest

Pyers family crest

Colors on the Pyers family crest explained

Argent (silver) -  symbolizes the values of peacefulness and sincerity, both of which mattered greatly to the Pyers.

Or (Gold) - represents the historical generosity of the ancient Pyers family.

Sable (black) - signifies constancy and the enduring nature of the Pyers.


  Symbols on the Pyers family crest explained  

The rampant lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

Most likely a connection to the Pyers fearsome reputation for skill in battle.


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Origins of the Pyers family name

English and Norman origin, but also exists in Scotland.
The name is most likely derived from the Old French word "pierres", meaning "stone" or "rock". Also a variation of the given name 'Pierce'.
Most likely, the name related to the surroundings where early family members lived (a rocky place), referred to as a habitation or topographic family name. 
The name can also be a reference to someone who is strong.

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Summary of the Pyers family and the Pyers family crest

  • The earliest known origin of the family name 'Pyers' (spelled in this way) is from the 13th century in England, however variations of the name existed from far earlier.
  • The Pyers family was originally from Normandy, France and were one of the first families to settle in England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
  • The earliest known place of settlement for the family name Pyers is from the county of Devon in England.
  • The name was also found in the parish of St. James in the city of Exeter.
  • The first officially recorded instance of the name was in the year 1242, when William Pyers was listed as a witness to a charter.
  • Early notable records of the name mention Richard de la Pyer (1285-1316), an English landowner from Devon; and William de la Pyer (died 1349), an English Knight who fought in the Battle of Crécy.
  • Over the centuries, the family name has been spelled a variety of ways, including Peers, Pears, and Pyres.
  • The first Pyers in America were probably English Puritans who settled in Massachusetts in the 1600s.
  • The first recorded spelling of the family name in the United States is believed to be that of John Pyers, which was dated 1623, in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register".
  • The Pyers quickly established themselves and moved westward within a few short generations. 
  • Today, all Pyer family members can still trace their roots back to medieval England.