Parkman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Parkman surname comes from the Old French word "parcheminier," meaning "parchment;" as such, it was likely originally an occupational name for a maker or seller of parchment.

Early Origins of the Parkman family

The surname Parkman was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1200 when William Perchamunt held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Parkman family

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Parkman Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Parkman family name include Parchment, Parchman, Parkman, Pargeman, Pargement, Pargman, Pargment and many more.

Early Notables of the Parkman family (pre 1700)

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United States Parkman migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Parkman surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Parkman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elias Parkman, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
Parkman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georick Parkman, aged 33, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
Parkman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wyatt A Parkman, who arrived in Texas in 1830 [1]

Canada Parkman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parkman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter Parkman, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Parkman (post 1700) +

  • Dr. George Parkman (1790-1849), American Boston Brahmin who was murdered, his case was highly publicized and known as the Parkman–Webster murder case
  • Samuel Parkman (1819-1890), American composer
  • Francis Parkman (1823-1893), American historian and author of The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life, Professor of Horticulture at Harvard University, eponym of The Francis Parkman Prize
  • Timothy D. Parkman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1956 [2]
  • Henry Parkman Jr. (1894-1958), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928, 1936; Member of Massachusetts State Senate Third Suffolk District, 1929-36 [2]
  • George W. Parkman, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1893 [2]
  • Allen M. Parkman, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Mexico 1st District, 1988 [2]
  • Stefan Parkman (b. 1952), Swedish conductor, recipient of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1997, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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