Pierce Genealogy. Being the Record of the Posterity of Capt. Michael, John and Capt. William Pierce Who Came to this County from England - Frederick Clifton Pierce. The name Pierce is very common in England. It is thought to be derived from the baptismal name Peter or Pirse, or Pierse, so called after the Conquest when French was still the court language. "Three brothers, John, Captain William and Captain Michael, took a leading part in the early struggle of the infant colonies in New England." They played an especially prominent role in the early history of the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies. This work focuses attention on the descendants of Michael Pierce. There are a total of 605 entries spanning 11 generations. Each entry provides: a name, followed by the line of descent in parenthesis, which makes it very easy to trace the path all the way back to Captain Michael Pierce (c.1615-1676), name of spouse with birth and death information, and a list of children, if so blessed. The entries follow the standard genealogical register format. The small number at the right of the given name indicates the generation for that descendant. There is an original full name index divided into two parts: descendants with the name Pierce, and those with surnames other than Pierce (1889), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 442 pp.