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Gender: Male Meaning of Piers: "rock" Origin of Piers: Greek

The name Piers is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "rock". Piers and is often added to lists like British Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop one with middles ... BOYS :)".

From the experts:

Piers was the first version of Peter to reach the English-speaking world, via the Normans, but it's never made it in the US, despite its large measure of understated panache. This might change due to the high visibility of TV personality and former news editor Piers Morgan.

There's a famous satirical medieval poem called Piers Plowman, in which the title character symbolizes the virtues of honesty and industry. Piers Whiteoak is a main character in the sixteen-book series Jalna by Canadian author Mazo de la Roche; Piers Polkiss is the best friend of Harry's cousin Dudley in the Harry Potter books.

The surname form of the name, Pierce, is better known in the U.S., partly via actor Pierce Brosnan.

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Famous People Named Piers

Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall, 'favourite' of King Edward II
Piers Anthony (Dillingham Jacob), English-American novelist
Piers Taylor, British architect
Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, British TV personality and journalist
Piers Damian G. Faccini, British singer
Piers Richard Corbyn, English weather forecaster
Piers Paul Read, English novelist and historian
Ryan Piers Williams, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Piers

"Piers Plowman," medieval narrative poem by William Langland and its main character
Piers Polkiss, character from "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling
Piers Nivans, character from the video game "Resident Evil 6"

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headintheclouds Says:


This is the quintessential 1970's/80's British gentleman name to me- it's so dapper and English! This spelling Piers always takes me slightly aback when I first see it because I find it unexpected for an English-y name, it almost looks a bit Scandinavian in origin instead of Greek IMO, but I do like it better than the variant Pierce, which sounds and looks too sharp and abrupt (and as the previous commenter mentioned, piercing) than the more laid-back seeming Piers.

actingfun Says:


I really like this name. The spelling Pierce will always remind me of piercings, but for some reason Piers doesn't give me that image at all.

rie Says:


I do quite like this... :p