Parmeter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Parmeter family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a tailor.

Early Origins of the Parmeter family

The surname Parmeter was first found in Gloucestershire where this noble Norman family were granted lands, shown in the Domesday Book at Tochintune which was the King's land consisting of a mill and a manor.

Important Dates for the Parmeter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parmeter research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Parmeter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Parmeter Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Parmenter, Parminster, Parmenster, Parminter, Parmiter, Parmunter, Perminter, Parmunter, Parmintew and many more.

Early Notables of the Parmeter family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Parmeter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Parmeter migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Parmeter or a variant listed above:

Parmeter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rebecca Parmeter, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Rebecca Parmeter, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Parmeter (post 1700)

  • Ryan Parmeter (b. 1980), American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Conor O'Brian
  • Matt Parmeter, Australian Greens political candidate for the Division of Parkes

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Citations

  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)
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