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

The name Parker comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as the Parker, which was the individual who was the guardian of the of the park grounds. Some Parkers were employed by noblemen who held large estates that needed the grounds of the estate or castle maintained.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Parker have been found, including: Parker, Parkers, Parkeres, Parkere and others.

First found in Somerset where Anschetil Parcher was listed as holding lands in the Domesday Book.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parker research. Another 371 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1380, 1685, 1296, 1504, 1575, 1617, 1595, 1677, 1619, 1673, 1659, 1660, 1640, 1688, 1670, 1675, 1640, 1648, 1692, 1651, 1719, 1666, 1732, 1697, 1764, 1752, 1764, 1681, 1643, 1660, 1667 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Parker History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 279 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Parker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Parker, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Parker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Parker, his wife Ann, their daughter Mary and son Nicholas, who came to Roxbury Massachussetts in 1633
  • Captain George Parker who came to Boston in 1635
  • William Parker (1618-1686), who arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 aboard the ship Matthew, one of the founders of Hartford
  • Charles Parker, aged 18, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • John Parker, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635

Parker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Parker, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Hellena Parker, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Hannah Parker, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Alexander Parker, who landed in Virginia in 1730
  • Andrew Parker, who landed in America in 1798

Parker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Parker, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Ezra Parker, who arrived in Maryland in 1811
  • Catherine Parker, who landed in New Jersey in 1811
  • James Parker, who landed in Texas in 1830
  • Dickinson Parker, who landed in Texas in 1835


  • Arthur Caswell Parker (1881-1955), American archaeologist and ethnologist
  • Bonnie Parker (1910-1934), American bank robber and murderer, half of Bonnie and Clyde
  • Horatio William Parker (1863-1919), American composer
  • Lawton Parker (1868-1954), American portrait painter
  • William H. Parker (1905-1966), American Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1950 to 1966
  • Eugene N. Parker (b. 1927), American solar astrophysicist
  • Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955), American jazz saxophonist and composer, widely considered one of the greatest and most influential jazz musicians
  • John Johnston Parker (1885-1958), American judge who served at the Nuremberg Trials
  • Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American writer and poet
  • Fess Elisha Parker (1924-2010), American film and television actor best known for his 1950s portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and his late 1960s portrayals of Daniel Boone



  • Direct Ancestors of the Parker and Gray Families by Elizabeth Gray Parker.
  • Parker in America, 1630-1910 by Augustus G. Parker.
  • Parker Pathways by Katherine Jane Parker Brown.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fideli certa merces
Motto Translation: To the faithful there is reward


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  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Parker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parker 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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