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The origins of the Par name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Parr which was known in Lancashire as an enclosed area. Par is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Par Early Origins



The surname Par was first found in Lancashire at Parr, where the earliest record of the surname was Sir John Parr ( c. 1371), the progenitor of the Parr family which included Catherine Parr, Queen of England. Without a doubt, one of the most famous of the family in the early years was Thomas Parr (1483-1635), the Englishman who was said to have lived for 152 years. Often referred to as Old Parr or Old Tom Parr, his portrait hangs at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, with an inscription which reads “Thomas Parr died at the age of 152 years 9 months.” He was treated as a spectacle in London, but the change in food apparently led to his death. The king arranged for him to be buried at Westminster Abbey complete with a monument.

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Par Spelling Variations


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Par Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Par were recorded, including Parr, Par, Parre and others.

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Par Early History


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Par Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Par research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1407, 1461, 1434, 1483, 1483, 1517, 1512, 1548, 1543, 1543, 1547, 1592, 1644, 1725 and 1791 are included under the topic Early Par History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Par Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Par Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Thomas Parr (1407-1461), an English landowner and elected Member of Parliament six times; and his son, William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal, KG (1434-1483), an English courtier and soldier; and his son, Sir Thomas Parr (c...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Par Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Par In Ireland


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Par In Ireland



Some of the Par family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Par family emigrate to North America:

Par Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Isabella Par, who landed in Virginia in 1699

Par Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Par, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Par Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Par 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 March 2016 at 13:15.

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