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The name Parfitt was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Parfitt 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.

Parfitt Early Origins



The surname Parfitt 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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Parfitt Spelling Variations


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Parfitt Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Perfect, Perfett, Perfitt, Parfitt, Parfect and others.

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Parfitt Early History


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Parfitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parfitt research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parfitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Parfitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parfitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Parfitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Parfitt or a variant listed above:

Parfitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Parfitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • John Parfitt, who came to Virginia in 1664
  • Augustine Parfitt, who came to Barbados in 1679

Parfitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Parfitt, who was naturalized in New York in 1837
  • John Parfitt, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1876
  • Albert E. Parfitt, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Alfred Parfitt, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1895

Parfitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Parfitt, aged 29, who landed in America from Bath, in 1904
  • Edith Harriett Parfitt, aged 33, who landed in America from Woodside, England, in 1912
  • Arthur Parfitt, aged 11, who landed in America from Treforest, Wales, in 1916
  • Alfred Ernest Parfitt, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1920
  • Clarence Edward Parfitt, aged 10, who settled in America from Plymouth, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parfitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Parfitt, aged 31, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • James Parfitt, aged 28, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parfitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parfitt (post 1700)



  • Major General Harold Parfitt (1921-2006), American general, Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1975 to 1979
  • Chris Parfitt, American musician
  • Rick Parfitt (b. 1948), English guitarist of Status Quo
  • Peter Parfitt (b. 1936), English cricketer
  • Judy Parfitt (b. 1936), English actress
  • David Parfitt (b. 1958), English film producer
  • Fred Parfitt (1869-1953), Welsh international rugby player
  • Andy Parfitt (b. 1958), British radio executive
  • Rt. Rev. Thomas Parfitt, Bishop of Derby

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    The Parfitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parfitt 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.

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