The ancestors of the name Parkhearst date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Parkhearst family lived in the region of Parkhurst
or wood in the park.
Parkhearst is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Parkhearst family
The surname Parkhearst was first found in Herefordshire
where Sir Osbern Pentecost (died 1054), a Norman knight who followed Edward the Confessor to England
built the castle at Ewyas, one of the first Motte and Bailey structures in England
. He like many other Normans
was banished from England
so he secured safe passage to Scotland
in 1052 but was later killed at the Battle of Dunsinane.
Early History of the Parkhearst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parkhearst research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1635, 1511, 1574, 1560, 1569, 1636, 1635, 1636, 1603, 1651, 1625, 1651, 1674 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Parkhearst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parkhearst Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Parkhearst are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Parkhearst include: Parkhurst, Pankhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Parkhearst family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Emily Pankhurst, Suffragette; John Parkhurst (c.
1511-1574), an English Marian exile and later Bishop of Norwich in 1560; Sir Robert Parkhurst (c.1569-1636), an English merchant who was Lord Mayor of... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parkhearst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Parkhearst family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Parkhearst or a variant listed above: Anthony Parkhurst settled in Virginia in 1635; George Parkhurst settled in New England
in 1630; John Parkhurst settled in Maryland in 1774.