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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. [1]

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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 of 1086. [2] 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] Another equally striong 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] 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] "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." [5]


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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.

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Another 299 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


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


Parker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Parker, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • John Parker, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Mary Parker, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Sarah Parker, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Charlotte Parker, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833


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


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


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  • 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)
  • Major-General Cortlandt Parker (1884-1960), American Commanding General Southern California Sector, Western Defense Command (1943-1945)
  • Eleanor Jean Parker (1922-2013), American three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, best known for her role as the scheming baroness in The Sound of Music" (1965)

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  • 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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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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  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. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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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