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Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Park were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived someone who lived near a park. The surname comes from the Old English word, parc.
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Park has appeared as Park, Parke, Parks, Parkes and others.
First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from early times. One of the first records of the name was when Rober de Parco witnessed a charter by Earl David (c.1202-07) and later witnessed another charter by Walter Olifard (c. 1210.).
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Park research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1669, 1695, 1697, 1706, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Park History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Park Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Park family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 306 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Park Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Park, who landed in New England in 1642
- Sarah Park, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
- Sarah Park and her husband who settled in Virginia in 1655
- Jacob Park, who landed in Massachusetts in 1657
- Roger Park, who settled in west New Jersey in 1664
Park Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Isaac Park, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
- Alexander Park, who arrived in New England in 1728-1729
- Leck Park, aged 15, landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
- William Park, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1756
- Colonel Joseph Park who commanded the 5th Virginia Regiment in 1777
Park Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Park, who landed in America in 1805
- Maxwell Park, who landed in America in 1805
- Hugh Park, who landed in South Carolina in 1807-1809
- David Park, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- Andrew Park, aged 27, landed in Tennessee in 1812
Park Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Cyrenius Park Sr., U.E., (Cyrenus, Parke, Parks) who settled in Canada c. 1784
- Sgt. James Park U.E., (Parke, Parks) who settled in Canada c. 1784 brother to Cyrenius E. Park, he served in James Rogers' King's Rangers
- Cpl. Robert Park U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York
- Cpl. Cyrenius Escerynos Park U.E., (Cyrenus, Parke, Parks) (b. 1754) born in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 he served in James Rogers' King's Rangers, married with 20 children, he died in 1828
Park Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Joseph Park, aged 56, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- Mary Park, aged 56, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- John Park, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- Robert Park, aged 1, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- William Park arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
Park Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Park, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Robert Park arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
- Robina Park arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839
- G. Park arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849
- George Park, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
Park Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Park, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
- Gaven Park, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- Grace Park, aged 22, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- James Park arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
- Robert Park arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- James Park (1892-1970), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the St. Louis Browns from 1915 to 1917
- Barbara Lynne Park (1947-2013), née Tidswell, American author of children's books who won seven Children's Choice Awards, and four Parents' Choice Awards
- William Hallock Park (1863-1939), American bacteriologist
- Frank Park (1864-1925), American Democrat politician, Circuit Judge in Georgia, 1909-13; U.S. Representative from Georgia 2nd District, 1913-25
- G. L. Park, American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 7th Circuit, 1875-84
- George Park, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 4th District, 1898
- Guy Brasfield Park (1872-1946), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention 3rd District, 1922-23; Circuit Judge in Missouri 5th Circuit, 1922-32; Governor of Missouri, 1933-37
- H. Clay Park, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Atchison, Kansas, 1886-90
- J. P. Park, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Venango County, 1875-76
- James Park, American politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1818-21, 1824-26
- Moses Park (1738-1828) by Clara Lorene (Cammack) Park.
- Park/e/s and Bunch on the Trail West, with Allied Families by Alice Crandall Park.
- The Parke Family: Earliest Pioneers of New Jersey with Later Generation who Pioneered in Old Frederick Co., Va. & on into Ohio & Indiana by Dorothy Robertson Becker.
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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- Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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- Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
The Park Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Park 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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