Parminter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Parminter arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a tailor.

Early Origins of the Parminter family

The surname Parminter 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.

Early History of the Parminter family

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

Parminter Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Parmenter, Parminster, Parmenster, Parminter, Parmiter, Parmunter, Perminter, Parmunter, Parmintew and many more.

Early Notables of the Parminter family (pre 1700)

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


Canada Parminter migration to Canada +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Parminter or a variant listed above:

Parminter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Parminter, who settled in Killigrews, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Parminter (post 1700) +

  • Kathryn Jane "Kate" Parminter (b. 1964), Baroness Parminter, an English Liberal Democrat life peer in the House of Lords


The Parminter Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo favente
Motto Translation: By the favour of God.


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0


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