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

Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Park were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived someone who lived near a park. The surname comes from the Old English word, parc.


The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Park has appeared as Park, Parke, Parks, Parkes and others.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from early times. One of the first records of the name was when Rober de Parco witnessed a charter by Earl David (c.1202-07) and later witnessed another charter by Walter Olifard (c. 1210.).


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Park research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1669, 1695, 1697, 1706, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Park History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Park Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Park family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 306 words(22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Park Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Park, who landed in New England in 1642
  • Sarah Park, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Sarah Park and her husband who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Jacob Park, who landed in Massachusetts in 1657
  • Roger Park, who settled in west New Jersey in 1664

Park Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Park, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Alexander Park, who arrived in New England in 1728-1729
  • Leck Park, aged 15, landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • William Park, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1756
  • Colonel Joseph Park who commanded the 5th Virginia Regiment in 1777

Park Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Park, who landed in America in 1805
  • Maxwell Park, who landed in America in 1805
  • Hugh Park, who landed in South Carolina in 1807-1809
  • David Park, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Andrew Park, aged 27, landed in Tennessee in 1812


  • Robert E Park (1864-1944), American sociologist
  • Rosemary Park (b. 1907), American educator
  • David Park (1911-1960), American painter
  • William Hallock Park (1863-1939), American bacteriologist
  • Barbara Lynne Park (1947-2013), née Tidswell, American author of children's books who won seven Children's Choice Awards, and four Parents' Choice Awards
  • Mungo Park (1771-1806), Scottish explorer of the African continent, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society awards the Mungo Park Medal annually in his honor
  • Mungo Park (1835-1904), Scottish golfer, winner of the 1874 Open Championship
  • Raymond "Ray" Park (b. 1974), Scottish actor, stuntman and martial artist, best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Ruth Park (b. 1923), Australian (New Zealand born) writer
  • Nicholas Wulstan "Nick" Park CBE (b. 1958), English four-time Academy Award winning and five-time BAFTA Award winning animator, best known as the creator of Wallace & Gromit



  • Moses Park (1738-1828) by Clara Lorene (Cammack) Park.
  • Park/e/s and Bunch on the Trail West, with Allied Families by Alice Crandall Park.
  • The Parke Family: Earliest Pioneers of New Jersey with Later Generation who Pioneered in Old Frederick Co., Va. & on into Ohio & Indiana by Dorothy Robertson Becker.

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  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Park Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Park 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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