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Where did the English Parcher family come from? What is the English Parcher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Parcher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Parcher family history?

The Parcher surname comes from the Old French word "parcheminier," meaning "parchment;" as such, it was likely originally an occupational name for a maker or seller of parchment.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Parcher has appeared include Parchment, Parchman, Parkman, Pargeman, Pargement, Pargman, Pargment and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1200 when William Perchamunt held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parcher research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1413, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Parcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Parcher arrived in North America very early: Patrick Parchman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1854; as well as James and Emma Parchment, who were on record in the census of Ontario Canada of 1871..

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The Parcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parcher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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