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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Parker Early Origins



The surname Parker was first found in Somerset where Anschetil Parcher was listed as holding lands in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
One reputable source claims the name was "descended from Norman le Parcar or Forester, who held from Queen Matilda in 1083. He appears to be the same as Norman Venator of Salop 1086. From him descended Hugh Parcarius of Devon, 13th century." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Another equally strong source claims that name to Thomas le Parker, temp. Edward III and the extinct Baronet family Parker of Ratton traced their lineage to the time of Edward I in Sussex. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

"The church [of Willingdon in Sussex], principally in the early English style, contains portions in the decorated and later styles, with a square tower, and some interesting monuments to the Parker family. Henry Parker, who was secretary to Cromwell, and author of various tracts on religion and politics, was born at Ratton, in the parish." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The name quickly became widespread throughout Britain as see by one of the first rolls, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 which lists: John Parcar in Dorset; Adam le Parker in Norfolk; and Peter le Parker in Yorkshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

"A family called Parker have been established for centuries in Lancashire. Browsholme Hall, near Clitheroe, was first built by Richard le Parker in 1380, and is still the family seat." [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


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Parker Spelling Variations


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Parker Spelling Variations



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.

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Parker Early History


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Parker Early History



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, 1443, 1451, 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Parker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Parker, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1443 and 1451; Matthew Parker (1504-1575), English prelate, Archbishop of Canterbury; William Parker (d. 1617), an English captain, privateer who sailed with Sir Francis Drake, Mayor of Plymouth; Thomas Parker (1595-1677) Calvinist minister, founder of Newbury, Massachusetts; George...

Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Parker In Ireland


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Parker In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parker Settlers in 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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Ann Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Benjamin Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ms. Elizabeth Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Ephraim Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Parker, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Parker, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Mary Parker, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Sarah Parker, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Charlotte Parker, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Parker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Henry Parker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Parker, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Edward Parker, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Parker, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Parker arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • William Parker, aged 23, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • William Parker, aged 32, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Harriett Parker, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Thomas Parker, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parker (post 1700)



  • Lizette Parker (1972-2016), American politician and social worker, Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey (2014-2016)
  • Eugene Parker (1956-2016), American NFL sports agent of Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and many others, ranked 45 in the Sports Illustrated list of the top 101 most influential minorities in sports
  • Royal Parker (1929-2016), stage name of Royal Pollokoff, an American television personality
  • Jimmy Dale "Red" Parker (1931-2016), American head football coach at Arkansas A&M (1961-1965)
  • Everett Carlton Parker (1913-2015), American media activist and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ
  • Alison Parker (1991-2015), American reporter for CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV who was killed during an on air interview with her cameraman by a disgruntled former fellow employee
  • Mary Evelyn Dickerson Parker (1920-2015), American politician, Louisiana State Treasurer (1968-1987)
  • John Victor Parker (1928-2014), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (1979-1998)
  • Mike Russell Parker (1929-2014), British-born American typographer and type designer
  • Major-General Edwin Pearson Jr. Parker (1891-1983), American Provost Marshal General US Army (1948-1953)
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Parker Historic Events


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Parker Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Thirza Parker (1866-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Harry Weir  Parker, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mae Evelyn  Parker (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Harvey  Parker (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Owls Head, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Gordon Parker (b. 1918), English Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Workington, Cumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stanley Parker, British Leading Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. S Parker, British Painter, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Graham Parker, British Chaplain, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. G Parker, British Ordnance Cook 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Arthur Parker, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles George Parker, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Clifford Richard Parker (d. 1912), aged 28, English Second Class passenger from Guernsey, Channel Islands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Parker


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Suggested Readings for the name Parker



  • 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.

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. 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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