The origins of the Parkhursts name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Parkhurst
or wood in the park.
Parkhursts 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 Parkhursts family
The surname Parkhursts 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 Parkhursts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parkhursts 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 Parkhursts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parkhursts Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Parkhursts were recorded, including Parkhurst, Pankhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Parkhursts 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 Parkhursts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Parkhursts family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Parkhursts family emigrate to North America: Anthony Parkhurst settled in Virginia in 1635; George Parkhurst settled in New England
in 1630; John Parkhurst settled in Maryland in 1774.