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Re: Alternative Origin of Pierpoint Name
Posted by: William Pierpoint (ID *****4471) Date: August 06, 2004 at 14:23:07
In Reply to: Alternative Origin of Pierpoint Name by William Pierpoint of 153

I was doing some more thinking on the origin of surnames, which generally have a source that is patronymic, occupational, geographic, or physical.

If the Spearpoint surname originates from a physical characteristic, could that same physical characteristic be seen today? In looking through photos of Pierpoints at reunions in the Hedman book, I remembered a story that my aunt told me. She and my grandfather attended the 1971 Pierpoint reunion in West Virginia. She mentioned that another Pierpoint said to my grandfather, "I can tell you are a Pierpoint from your nose."

So I suppose spearpoint could be a characteriture of someone with a prominent pointy nose!

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