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Where did the Scottish Parks family come from? What is the Scottish Parks family crest and coat of arms? When did the Parks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Parks family history?

In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Parks as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived someone who lived near a park. The surname comes from the Old English word, parc.

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Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Parks has been spelled Park, Parke, Parks, Parkes and others.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from early times. One of the first records of the name was when Rober de Parco witnessed a charter by Earl David (c.1202-07) and later witnessed another charter by Walter Olifard (c. 1210.).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parks research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1669, 1695, 1697, 1706, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Parks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Parks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 306 words(22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Parks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Parks, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Edward Parks, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • Samll Parks, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • George Parks, who landed in New Jersey in 1678
  • James Parks, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Parks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Parks, aged 47, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Parks, aged 33, landed in New York in 1812
  • David Parks, who landed in New York in 1841
  • Margaret Parks, aged 11, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • A Parks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


Parks Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Parks, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • James Parks, aged 20, a clerk, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1833
  • William Parks, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834

Parks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Parks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • David Parks, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"

Parks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Ann Parks, aged 25, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • John Parks, aged 25, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Samuel Parks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Eliza Parks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Sydney Parks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857


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  • Wally Parks (1913-2007), American drag racer
  • Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913-2005), American civil rights activist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Van Dyke Parks (b. 1943), American composer, arranger, producer, musician and singer
  • Bert Parks (1914-1992), American television announcer best known as the longtime host of Miss America
  • Suzan-Lori Parks (b. 1964), American playwright and screenwriter awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Trina Parks (b. 1946), American actor, vocalist, choreographer, principal dancer and dance instructor most famous for portraying Thumper in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever
  • George Alexander Parks (1883-1984), American engineer in the Alaska Territory, 5th Governor of Alaska Territory
  • Lieutenant-General Floyd Lavinius Parks (1896-1959), American Chief of Information, Department of the Army (1949-1953)
  • Dan Parks (b. 1978), Scottish rugby player
  • Gordon John Parks (b. 1972), Scottish sports journalist and a former footballer

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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Parks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parks Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 March 2015 at 08:06.

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