Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who worked as the Parker, which was the individual who was the guardian of the of the park grounds. Some Parkers were employed by noblemen who held large estates that needed the grounds of the estate or castle maintained. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Parkerson family
Somerset where Anschetil Parcher was listed as holding lands in the Domesday Book of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Parkerson family
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Parkerson Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Parkerson has appeared include Parker, Parkers, Parkeres, Parkere and others.
Early Notables of the Parkerson family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Parkerson family to Ireland
Some of the Parkerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Parkerson family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Parkerson arrived in North America very early:
Parkerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Parkerson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Parkerson (post 1700)
The Parkerson 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
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