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Parham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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."

Early Origins of the Parham family


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)

Early History of the Parham family


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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.

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.

Early Notables of the Parham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Parham family to the New World and Oceana


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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [3]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.)

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
  • Forrest F. Parham, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Admiral Sir Frederick Robertson Parham GBE KCB DSO (1901-1991), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Parham family



HMS Royal Oak

  • George E.T. Parham, British Sergeant with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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