The Parkhirsts name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the region of Parkhurst
or wood in the park.
Parkhirsts 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 Parkhirsts family
The surname Parkhirsts 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 Parkhirsts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parkhirsts 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 Parkhirsts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parkhirsts Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Parkhirsts has undergone many spelling variations
, including Parkhurst, Pankhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Parkhirsts 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 Parkhirsts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Parkhirsts family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Parkhirsts were among those contributors: Anthony Parkhurst settled in Virginia in 1635; George Parkhurst settled in New England
in 1630; John Parkhurst settled in Maryland in 1774.