The Parchment surname comes from the Old French word "parcheminier," meaning "parchment;" as such, it was likely originally an occupational
name for a maker or seller of parchment.
Early Origins of the Parchment family
The surname Parchment was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
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.
Early History of the Parchment family
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Parchment Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Parchment has been spelled many different ways, including Parchment, Parchman, Parkman, Pargeman, Pargement, Pargman, Pargment and many more.
Early Notables of the Parchment family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Parchment family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Parchment Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James and Emma Parchment, who were on record in the census of Ontario Canada of 1871