Parker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Parker comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as the Parker, which was the individual who was the guardian of the park grounds. Some Parkers were employed by noblemen who held large estates that needed the grounds of the estate or castle maintained. [1]

Early Origins of the Parker family

The surname Parker was first found in Somerset where Anschetil Parcher was listed as holding lands in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] One reputable source claims the name was "descended from Norman le Parcar or Forester, who held from Queen Matilda in 1083. He appears to be the same as Norman Venator of Salop 1086. From him descended Hugh Parcarius of Devon, 13th century." [3]

Another equally strong source claims that name to Thomas le Parker, temp. Edward III and the extinct Baronet family Parker of Ratton traced their lineage to the time of Edward I in Sussex. [4]

"The church [of Willingdon in Sussex], principally in the early English style, contains portions in the decorated and later styles, with a square tower, and some interesting monuments to the Parker family. Henry Parker, who was secretary to Cromwell, and author of various tracts on religion and politics, was born at Ratton, in the parish." [5]

The name quickly became widespread throughout Britain as see by one of the first rolls, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 which lists: John Parcar in Dorset; Adam le Parker in Norfolk; and Peter le Parker in Yorkshire. [1]

"A family called Parker have been established for centuries in Lancashire. Browsholme Hall, near Clitheroe, was first built by Richard le Parker in 1380, and is still the family seat." [6]

"The Parkers, originally of North Molton, [Devon] acquired by their marriage with the heiress of Mayhew, temp. Elizabeth, the manor of Boringdon, and thenceforward made it their chief residence, until in 1712 they purchased Saltram, once the seat and residence of Sir James Bagge, the creature of Buckingham, and the ' bottomless bagge ' of the patriot Eliot. The Parkers were raised to the peerage in 1774, as Barons Boringdon ; and in 1815 advanced to be Viscounts Boringdon and Earls of Morley. Saltram House was rebuilt by them early in the last century, and was long reported the largest mansion in the county. " [7]

Early History of the Parker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parker research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1380, 1685, 1608, 1296, 1443, 1451, 1504, 1575, 1617, 1595, 1677, 1619, 1673, 1659, 1660, 1640, 1688, 1670, 1675, 1640, 1648, 1692, 1651, 1719, 1666, 1732, 1697, 1764, 1752, 1764, 1681, 1643, 1660, 1667 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Parker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Parker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Parker have been found, including: Parker, Parkers, Parkeres, Parkere and others.

Early Notables of the Parker family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Parker, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1443 and 1451; Matthew Parker (1504-1575), English prelate, Archbishop of Canterbury; William Parker (d. 1617), an English captain, privateer who sailed with Sir Francis Drake, Mayor of Plymouth; Thomas Parker (1595-1677) Calvinist minister, founder of Newbury, Massachusetts; George Parker (c 1619-1673), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659 and 1660; Samuel Parker (1640-1688), an English churchman, Archdeacon of...
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Parker World Ranking

In the United States, the name Parker is the 47th most popular surname with an estimated 363,102 people with that name. [8] However, in Canada, the name Parker is ranked the 142nd most popular surname with an estimated 23,220 people with that name. [9] And in France, the name Parker is the 4,047th popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [10] Australia ranks Parker as 63rd with 35,151 people. [11] New Zealand ranks Parker as 51st with 5,292 people. [12] The United Kingdom ranks Parker as 51st with 79,089 people. [13] South Africa ranks Parker as 759th with 9,132 people. [14]

Ireland Migration of the Parker family to Ireland

Some of the Parker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Parker migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Parker, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Parker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Parker, his wife Ann, their daughter Mary and son Nicholas, who settled in Roxbury Massachussetts in 1633
  • Captain George Parker who settled in Boston in 1635
  • William Parker (1618-1686), who arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 aboard the ship Matthew, one of the founders of Hartford
  • John Parker, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [15]
  • Mr. George Parker, (b. 1612), aged 23, British carpenter travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Elizabeth and Anne" arriving in Massachusetts Bay (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire) in 1635 [16]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Parker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Parker, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [15]
  • Hellena Parker, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [15]
  • Hannah Parker, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [15]
  • Alexander Parker, who landed in Virginia in 1730 [15]
  • Andrew Parker, who landed in America in 1798 [15]
Parker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Parker, who landed in New Jersey in 1811 [15]
  • Hugh Parker, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [15]
  • Ezra Parker, who arrived in Maryland in 1811 [15]
  • James Parker, who landed in Texas in 1830 [15]
  • Francis Parker, who landed in New York in 1835 [15]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Parker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Ann Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [17]
  • Mr. Benjamin Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [17]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [17]
  • Mr. Ephraim Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [17]
  • Mr. John Parker U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Parker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Parker, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Parker, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Mary Parker, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Sarah Parker, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Charlotte Parker, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Parker migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Parker Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Parker, (b. 1764), aged 23, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester Assizes for 7 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Charlotte" on 13th May 1787, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1788 [18]
Parker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Lydia Parker, (b. 1765), aged 35, English silkwinder who was convicted in Dorset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1838 [19]
  • Mr. Stephen Parker, (b. 1772), aged 31, British Convict who was convicted in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1822 [20]
  • Mr. William Parker, English convict who was convicted in Westminster, London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [21]
  • Miss Harriet Parker, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [22]
  • Miss Mary Parker, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [22]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Parker migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Parker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Parker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • William Parker, aged 23, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • William Parker, aged 32, a brickmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Harriett Parker, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Thomas Parker, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Parker migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [23]
Parker Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Charles Parker, aged 18, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [15]
  • Mr. Samuel Parker, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler traveling aboard the ship "John" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [24]
  • Mr. William Parker, (b. 1618), aged 17, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [25]
  • Charles Parker, who arrived in Jamaica in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Parker (post 1700) +

  • Robert Parker (1930-2020), American R&B singer and musician, best known for his 1966 hit, "Barefootin'"
  • Branford Parker, American director and writer, known for We the Roses (2016) and The Opera Game (2017)
  • Jeffrey Lee Parker (1964-2017), American professional ice hockey right winger for the Buffalo Sabres
  • Naomi Parker Fraley (1921-2018), American war worker and waitress from Tulsa, Oklahoma, believed to be the model for the iconic "We Can Do It!" poster in 1943 in which she was called "Rosie the Riveter"
  • Lizette Parker (1972-2016), American politician and social worker, Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey (2014-2016)
  • Eugene Parker (1956-2016), American NFL sports agent of Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and many others, ranked 45 in the Sports Illustrated list of the top 101 most influential minorities in sports
  • Royal Parker (1929-2016), stage name of Royal Pollokoff, an American television personality
  • Jimmy Dale "Red" Parker (1931-2016), American head football coach at Arkansas A&M (1961-1965)
  • Everett Carlton Parker (1913-2015), American media activist and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ
  • Alison Parker (1991-2015), American reporter for CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV who was killed during an on air interview with her cameraman by a disgruntled former fellow employee
  • ... (Another 56 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Thirza Parker (1866-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [26]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Harry Weir  Parker, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [27]
  • Mrs. Mae Evelyn  Parker (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [27]
  • Mr. Harvey  Parker (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Owls Head, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [27]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Gordon Parker (b. 1918), English Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Workington, Cumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [28]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Stanley Parker, British Leading Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [29]
  • Mr. S Parker, British Painter, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [29]
  • Mr. Graham Parker, British Chaplain, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [29]
  • Mr. G Parker, British Ordnance Cook 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [29]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Arthur Parker, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [30]
  • Mr. Charles George Parker, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [30]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Thomas Parker (1916-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [31]
  • James Parker (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [31]
  • Albert George Parker (1918-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [31]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Clifford Richard Parker (d. 1912), aged 28, English Second Class passenger from Guernsey, Channel Islands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [32]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. George William Parker (b. 1914), British passenger who was Royal Air Force from Waskatenau, Albert was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Parker, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [33]


The Parker Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fideli certa merces
Motto Translation: To the faithful there is reward


Suggested Readings for the name Parker +

  • Direct Ancestors of the Parker and Gray Families by Elizabeth Gray Parker.
  • Parker in America, 1630-1910 by Augustus G. Parker.
  • Parker Pathways by Katherine Jane Parker Brown.

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