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.
One source notes: "I ventured to derive this surname from Peter, and this, through the French Pierre, is probably the true origin of it in some cases; but a correspondent (the Rev. Henry Parr) says: 'it is derived from the manor of Parr in Lancashire, which is also a township, and of late years has become a chapelry. There all my ancestors were settled from the XIII. century, and there is sufficient reason for concluding, that every family bearing the name has branched out from the same parent stock.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Par family
The surname Par was first found in Lancashire
at Parr, a township in the parish of Prescot where one of the first records of the family was John Parr, rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire
in December 1367. CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
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.
Early History of the Par family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Par research.Another 207 words (15 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Par family (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.
Migration of the Par family to Ireland
Some of the Par family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Par family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Par Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Par, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757