The Pareham surname is a habitational name derived from place names such as Parham in Suffolk
, derived from the Old English words "pere," meaning "pear," and "ham," or "homestead."
Early Origins of the Pareham family
The surname Pareham was first found in Suffolk
, at Parham, a village and civil parish that dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Perreham and literally meant "homestead or enclosure where pears grow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Pareham family
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Pareham Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pareham include Parham, Param, Parram, Perham, Pearham, Perram and others.
Early Notables of the Pareham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pareham family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Parehams to arrive on North American shores: F. Parham, who arrived in Virginia in 1663; Joseph Parham, who arrived in Boston in 1701; Thomas Parham, who was deported to America in 1770; as well as Charles Parham, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1835..