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The Parham surname is a habitational name derived from place names such as Parham in Suffolk and Sussex, derived from the Old English words "pere," meaning "pear," and "ham," or "homestead."

Parham Early Origins



The surname Parham 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Parham Spelling Variations


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Parham Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Parham has been recorded under many different variations, including Parham, Param, Parram, Perham, Pearham, Perram and others.

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Parham Early History


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Parham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parham research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1187, 1264 and 1366 are included under the topic Early Parham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Parham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Parham 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 uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Parhams were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Parham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • F. Parham, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Fra Parham, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Parham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Parham, who arrived in Boston in 1701
  • Thomas Parham, who was deported to America in 1770

Parham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Parham, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1835

Parham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Parham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • William Dibley Parham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • Mary Parham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • Edmund Parham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • Emma Parham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parham (post 1700)



  • Estes Foster "Easy" Parham (1921-1982), American professional basketball player
  • Lennon Parham (b. 1976), American actress and comedian
  • Hartzell Strathdene "Tiny" Parham (1900-1943), Canadian-born, American jazz bandleader and pianist
  • Eric "88 Fingaz" Parham (b. 1977), American music producer, songwriter, and keyboardist
  • Bernard Parham (b. 1946), American chess master, eponym of the Parham Attack, a chess opening
  • Diane Parham, American professor of occupational therapy at the University of Southern California
  • Bobby Eugene Parham, American politician
  • Charles Fox Parham (1873-1929), American preacher, credited with starting Pentecostalism
  • Admiral Sir Frederick Robertson Parham GBE KCB DSO (1901-1991), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
  • Arthur Grom Parham (1883-1961), English clergyman, Anglican Bishop of Reading (1942-1954)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Parham


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Suggested Readings for the name Parham



  • In a Pear Tree: The Story of Some of the Parhams in That Tree by Marjorie Parham Hailey.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Parham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parham 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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