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Parrish is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the Saxon tribe called Parisii who originally lived beside the Humber river in Lincolnshire. However, the name may also be of Norman descent as shown by the rather obvious reference to Paris, France. In this case, records show that William, Roger, Walter and Odelina Paris in a Normandy Roll 1180-1185. And about the same time, Hugo, Peter de Paris was listed in England c. 1198. [1]

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The surname Parrish was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the name was Lotyn de Paris in the the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls list Robert de Paris in London and Ralph de Paris in Kent. Roger de Paris and Simon de Paris were both listed as living in London during the reign of Edward I. [2]

Parrish has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Paris, Parish, Parris, Parrish, Pares and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parrish research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1624, 1200, 1259, 1666, 1735, 1653, 1720, 1682, 1760 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Parrish History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 151 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parrish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Parrishs to arrive on North American shores:

Parrish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Parrish, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Parrish settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Edward Parrish, who settled in Maryland in 1655
  • Robert Parrish, who came to Maryland in 1669
  • Robert Parrish, who arrived in Maryland in 1669

Parrish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Parrish, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Parrish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • David Parrish, who came to Philadelphia in 1812

Parrish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mark Parrish, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Mary Parrish, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Ellen Parrish, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Elizabeth Parrish, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

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  • Mrs. Lutie Davis Parrish, née Temple, aged 60, American Second Class passenger from Woodford County, Kentucky who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12
  • Manuel "Man" Joseph Parrish (b. 1958), American composer, songwriter, vocalist and producer
  • Lance Michael Parrish (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • Robert R. Parrish (1916-1995), American Academy Award winning actor, film editor, film director, and writer
  • Dwight Parrish (b. 1972), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Larry Alton Parrish (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball player
  • Laverne Parrish, American soldier, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), American painter and illustrator
  • Andrew Michael "Andy" Parrish (b. 1988), English footballer
  • Mrs. Florence Ellen Parrish (1882-1914), née Baker Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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  • Ancestors & Descendants, Samuel Parrish, 1847.
  • A Portrait of our Ancestors: Jury, Troxell, Shister & Parrish by Irene Parrish Baker.
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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. 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.
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The Parrish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parrish 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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