Parkinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the name Parkinson are thought to have lived among the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Peter. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In this case the surname Parkinson was taken from the ever popular St. Peter.

Early Origins of the Parkinson family

The surname Parkinson was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the Parkinson family

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Parkinson Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Parkinson include Parkinson, Parkinsone, Parkison and others.

Early Notables of the Parkinson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Parkinson family to Ireland

Some of the Parkinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Parkinson migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Parkinson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Parkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothie Parkinson, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Dorothy Parkinson and her husband, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • James Parkinson, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • James Parkinson, aged 23, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Dorothy Parkinson, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Parkinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Parkinson, who landed in New England in 1744 [1]
  • Mary Parkinson, who settled in Charles Town in 1766
  • John Parkinson, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Parkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Parkinson, who arrived in New York in 1803 [1]
  • Alexander Parkinson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • Willis Parkinson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Richard Parkinson, aged 57, who landed in New York in 1868 [1]
  • George Parkinson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]

Parkinson migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parkinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Eliza Parkinson, aged 75 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Coromandel" departing 13th May 1847 from Dublin, Ireland; the ship arrived on 2nd July 1847 but she died on board [2]

Parkinson migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Parkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Parkinson, aged 29, a bootmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [3]
  • Ann Parkinson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [4]
  • Henry Parkinson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849 [5]
  • Henry Parkinson, aged 29, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [3]
  • Henry Parkinson, aged 7, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parkinson migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Parkinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Parkinson, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Mr. Parkinson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [6]
  • Mrs. Parkinson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [6]
  • Miss E. Parkinson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [6]
  • Miss Isabella Parkinson, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Parkinson (post 1700)

  • Mark A. Parkinson, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 105th District; Elected 2012 [7]
  • Joseph M. Parkinson, American politician, Mayor of Rexburg, Idaho, 1949-51 [7]
  • James A. Parkinson, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 4th Circuit, 1904-29 [7]
  • Henry D. Parkinson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 5th District, 1948; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1956 [7]
  • Gaylord Parkinson, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1968 [7]
  • Fred S. Parkinson, American politician, Mayor of Rexburg, Idaho, 1915-17 [7]
  • Frank A. Parkinson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Lawton, Oklahoma, 1909-13 [7]
  • Edwin Parkinson, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 26th District, 1978 [7]
  • Chauncey W. Parkinson, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 46th District, 1927-34; Defeated, 1934 [7]
  • Charles Parkinson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [7]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Parkinson family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Charles Richard Parkinson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Frederick George Parkinson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Miss Letitia Parkinson (1881-1914), Irish Third Class Passenger from Dublin, Ireland who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Hudson Parkinson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Parkinson, British Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Jack Parkinson, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. George Parkinson, British Officers Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]
HMS Royal Oak
  • George Henry Parkinson (d. 1939), British Chief Ordnance Artificer 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 92)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The LOUISA BAILLIE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849LouisaBaillie.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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