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Where did the English Parton family come from? When did the Parton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Parton family history?

The name Parton was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Partant.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.

First found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Parton, one and a half miles from Whitehaven, a small seaport near Moresby. They are conjecturally descended from Partant, a Norman noble.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parton research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1070 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Parton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Parton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Parton name or one of its variants:

Parton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Sand Parton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Parton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • R. Parton and his two children settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822
  • John Parton, who landed in New York in 1826
  • James Parton settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • S Parton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Harry Parton settled in Philadelphia in 1851


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  • James Parton (1822-1891), English-born, American biographer
  • Dolly Rebecca Parton (b. 1946), American Country singer /songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist with an estimated 177 million in album sales
  • Randy Parton (b. 1953), American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman, best known as the brother of Dolly Parton
  • Stella Parton (b. 1949), American country singer and songwriter, younger sister of Dolly Parton
  • Vernon Rylands Parton (1897-1974), English chess player
  • Tony Parton (b. 1967), former English cricketer
  • Dick Parton (d. 2006), Australian rules footballer
  • Sarah Jane Parton (b. 1980), New Zealand new media artist
  • Mabel Bramwell Parton (1881-1962), British bronze medalist tennis player at the 1912 Summer Olympics


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