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BIERMAN Family History

Recorded in a number of spelling forms including Byars, Byers, Byre, Byres, Bier, Bierling, Bierman, Biers and Buyers, this is an English and German, topographical or occupational surname. It derives from the word pre 7th century word "byr", meaning a cattle dairy, and is one of a group of surnames which originate from working or living on a farm. These include Bull, Heffer, Stott, and Palfrey, all relate to the keeping of livestock, the prime agricultural function of the pre-Norman period before 1066.

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