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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Pierce
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  1. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument."I pierce. . . her tender side." [Dryden.]
  2. To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through; as, to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship.
  3. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery." Piercedwith grief." [Pope.]"Can no prayers pierce thee?" [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier perchier parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F. pertuis a hole. Cf. Contuse Parch Pertuse

verb Pierce
To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
  2. Make a hole into ("The needle pierced her flesh")
  3. Penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
  4. Cut or make a way through ("The path pierced the jungle" and "Light pierced through the forest")
  5. Move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply ("The cold pierced her bones" and "Her words pierced the students")
  6. Sound sharply or shrilly ("The scream pierced the night")
Wiktionary
  1. A male given name, medieval variant of Piers. Modern usage may also derive from the surname.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Pierce

Pierce Brosnan is an actor, producer, and environmentalist. He was most active from 1977 to present. Pierce was given the name Pierce Brendan Brosnan on May 16th, 1953 in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland.

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Pierce was born on January 28th, 1988 in Denver.

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Pierce Gagnon is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2010. Pierce was born on July 25th, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Pierce Butler was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Pierce was born on March 17th, 1866 in Dakota County, Minnesota. He left this life on November 16th, 1939.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Pierce

Paul Pierce is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and Washington Wizards in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Paul was born on October 13th, 1977 in Oakland, California.

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Franklin Pierce was a 14th President of the United States. His military service ended in 1848. Franklin was born on November 23rd, 1804 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He died on October 8th, 1869.

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David Hyde Pierce is an actor and comedian. His most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. David was given the name David Pierce on April 3rd, 1959 in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States.

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Donald Pierce is a comics character.

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Mary Pierce is a tennis player. Mary was born on January 15th, 1975 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Wendell Pierce is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Wendell was born on December 8th, 1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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How popular is the baby name Pierce in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 16 0 16
1881 7 0 7
1882 14 0 14
1883 5 0 5
1884 15 0 15
1885 15 0 15
1886 21 0 21
1887 15 0 15
1888 14 0 14
1889 11 0 11
1890 21 0 21
1891 5 0 5
1892 22 0 22
1893 12 0 12
1894 9 0 9
1895 14 0 14
1896 10 0 10
1897 13 0 13
1898 13 0 13
1899 8 0 8
1900 15 0 15
1901 11 0 11
1902 15 0 15
1903 14 0 14
1904 8 0 8
1905 15 0 15
1906 11 0 11
1907 17 0 17
1908 14 0 14
1909 13 0 13
1910 11 0 11
1911 19 0 19
1912 25 0 25
1913 36 0 36
1914 40 0 40
1915 48 0 48
1916 57 0 57
1917 58 0 58
1918 58 0 58
1919 61 0 61
1920 57 0 57
1921 65 0 65
1922 62 0 62
1923 53 0 53
1924 75 0 75
1925 56 0 56
1926 43 0 43
1927 49 0 49
1928 59 0 59
1929 41 0 41
1930 55 0 55
1931 49 0 49
1932 37 0 37
1933 39 0 39
1934 28 0 28
1935 32 0 32
1936 48 0 48
1937 47 0 47
1938 32 0 32
1939 42 0 42
1940 33 0 33
1941 38 0 38
1942 33 0 33
1943 37 0 37
1944 41 0 41
1945 23 0 23
1946 43 0 43
1947 37 0 37
1948 41 0 41
1949 47 0 47
1950 31 0 31
1951 35 0 35
1952 28 0 28
1953 24 0 24
1954 40 0 40
1955 36 0 36
1956 30 0 30
1957 33 0 33
1958 20 0 20
1959 29 0 29
1960 29 0 29
1961 32 0 32
1962 25 0 25
1963 21 0 21
1964 34 0 34
1965 19 0 19
1966 20 0 20
1967 16 0 16
1968 23 0 23
1969 17 0 17
1970 18 0 18
1971 19 0 19
1972 14 0 14
1973 24 0 24
1974 18 0 18
1975 11 0 11
1976 17 0 17
1977 17 0 17
1978 24 0 24
1979 18 0 18
1980 16 0 16
1981 17 0 17
1982 27 0 27
1983 55 0 55
1984 85 0 85
1985 107 0 107
1986 89 0 89
1987 101 0 101
1988 137 0 137
1989 144 0 144
1990 135 0 135
1991 140 0 140
1992 202 0 202
1993 208 0 208
1994 222 0 222
1995 223 0 223
1996 316 7 309
1997 308 0 308
1998 312 0 312
1999 348 10 338
2000 468 10 458
2001 399 0 399
2002 445 7 438
2003 520 8 512
2004 486 8 478
2005 510 8 502
2006 464 11 453
2007 553 9 544
2008 549 12 537
2009 575 0 575
2010 557 12 545
2011 574 10 564
2012 584 14 570
2013 622 15 607
2014 631 11 620
2015 668 20 648
2016 660 14 646
2017 559 15 544

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Popularity of Pierce as a first name

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Popularity of Pierce as a last name

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Common last names for Pierce

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pierce U.S.
  White 80.98% 64.26%
  African American 12.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.06% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.10% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pierce

People with the last name Pierce are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Pierce

  • What name lists does Pierce rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Pierce? Pierce is the 1,913th most popular name of all time. As a last name Pierce was the 202nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Pierce have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,886 babies born with the first name Pierce in the United States. That's more than enough people named Pierce to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Pierce? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 16 new born babies.
  • When was Pierce first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pierce is Tuesday, March 7th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Pierce born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pierce was in 2015 with a total of 648 babies.
  • Random Pierce Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Pierce is not a popular baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Pierce: Your name in reverse order is Ecreip. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eicper. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pierce? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 138,629 people with the last name Pierce.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pierce? Pierce was ranked as the 202nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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