The Parchman surname comes from the Old French word "parcheminier," meaning "parchment;" as such, it was likely originally an
name for a maker or seller of parchment.
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1200 when William Perchamunt held estates in that shire.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Parchman has been recorded under many different variations, including Parchment, Parchman, Parkman, Pargeman, Pargement, Pargman, Pargment and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Parchman or a variant listed above:
Parchman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick Parchman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1854