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

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.


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.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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.


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


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


  • Larry Alton Parrish (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball player
  • Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), American painter and illustrator
  • Laverne Parrish, American soldier, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Dwight Parrish (b. 1972), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Robert R. Parrish (1916-1995), American Academy Award winning actor, film editor, film director, and writer
  • Lance Michael Parrish (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • Manuel "Man" Joseph Parrish (b. 1958), American composer, songwriter, vocalist and producer
  • 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
  • Andrew Michael "Andy" Parrish (b. 1988), English footballer
  • Carolyn Parrish (b. 1946), Canadian politician



  • Ancestors & Descendants, Samuel Parrish, 1847.
  • A Portrait of our Ancestors: Jury, Troxell, Shister & Parrish by Irene Parrish Baker.

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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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