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Spelling variations of this family name include: Parlour, Parlier, Parler, Perler, Perlier, Payler and many more.
First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Robert Parler was recorded in 1086. His name was derived from the old French, "parlier," and was carried by a Norman noble who arrived with the Conquest from Normandy.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parlier research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1219 is included under the topic Early Parlier History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Parlier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edwd Parlour, who arrived in Virginia in 1703; John Parlour, who settled in Maryland in 1750; Thomas Parlar, who came to Philadelphia in 1800; as well as Jane Parlor, who was recorded in the census of Ontario of 1871..
The Parlier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parlier 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.
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