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Parfit is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Parfit family lived in Parfitt (Parfait) in Normandy. Roger Perfectus or Parfait was listed there (1185-95) in the Mangn. Rotul. Scaccarii Normanniae. The name was derived from Middle English "parfit" meaning "fully trained, well versed." The Old French version of the name was parfit(e) which meant "completed," from the Latin "perfectus", "to finish or accomplish." Alternatively the name could have been a nickname, probably originally denoting an apprentice who had completed his period of training.

Parfit Early Origins



The surname Parfit was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. One of the first on record was Robert Parfyte who was listed in the Calendarium Inquisitionum Post Mortem. Robert Parfite was listed in the Rolls of Parliament. They acquired the lands of Bruton (anciently spelt Braueton) which was the King's land even at the time of King Edward the Confessor in 1050. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Bruton was a wealthy village containing six mills.

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Parfit Spelling Variations


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Parfit Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Perfect, Perfett, Perfitt, Parfitt, Parfect and others.

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Parfit Early History


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Parfit Early History



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Parfit Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parfit Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parfit Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Parfit, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Parfit, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Parfit Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Parfit, aged 31, a sawyer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Parfit, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Jane Parfit, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Hannah Parfit, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Henry John Parfit, aged 10 weeks, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parfit (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parfit (post 1700)



  • Derek Parfit (b. 1942), English Philosopher

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Parfit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parfit 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 25 January 2015 at 18:59.

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