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The name Parton was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Partant.


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.

First found in Cumberland at Parton, a township, in the parish of Moresby, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent. [1] Now part of Cumbria, this seaside village sometimes called Parton Bay was used by the Romans, who had a fort on north of the present village. Parton is also found in Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, and in Gloucestershire but it is generally believed that the aforementioned village and parish has the strongest evidence of the family heritage. But early records have the name scattered throughout Britain: Adam of Peron in the Assize Rolls of Wiltshire in 1249; Robert Perton in 1249; and John Parton in the the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1377. [2] Moving north to Scotland, early records there revealed Patrick fiz Matheu de Partone of Dumfries rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. [3]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parton research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1070 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Parton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Parton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Parton name or one of its variants:

Parton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sand Parton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Parton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R. Parton and his two children settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822
  • John Parton, who landed in New York in 1826
  • James Parton settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • S Parton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Harry Parton settled in Philadelphia in 1851

Parton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Parton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Statesman" in 1850
  • William Parton, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"


  • Stella Parton (b. 1949), American country singer and songwriter, younger sister of Dolly Parton
  • Randy Parton (b. 1953), American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman, best known as the brother of Dolly Parton
  • Linda Parton, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ferndale, Michigan, 2013
  • James Parton (1822-1891), English-born, American biographer
  • Dolly Rebecca Parton (b. 1946), American Country singer /songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist with an estimated 177 million in album sales
  • Tony Parton (b. 1967), former English cricketer
  • Vernon Rylands Parton (1897-1974), English chess player
  • Mabel Bramwell Parton (1881-1962), British bronze medalist tennis player at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Sarah Jane Parton (b. 1980), New Zealand new media artist
  • Dick Parton (d. 2006), Australian rules footballer



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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