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Parnham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Parnham surname lived in the parish named Barnham in Hampshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead.

Early Origins of the Parnham family

The surname Parnham was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Southwick, some say, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Parnham family

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Parnham Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Parnham are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Parnham include: Barnham, Barnhum, Barnum, Barnam, Barnhem, Barnem and others.

Early Notables of the Parnham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Martin Barnham of Kent; Francis Barnham (died 1575), English draper, alderman and Sheriff of London in 1570; and his son, Benedict Barnham (1559-1598), London merchant, alderman and Sheriff of London; Sir Francis Barnham (1576-1646), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons...
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Migration of the Parnham family to the New World and Oceana

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Parnham or a variant listed above:

Parnham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Parnham, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1902
  • Mrs. Parnham, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • James Parnham, aged 41, who landed in America from Twyford, in 1905
  • William Parnham, aged 43, who emigrated to America from Nottingham, England, in 1909
  • Theresa Parnham, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Carnarvon, Wales, in 1913
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Parnham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Louis Parnham, aged 27, who settled in Winnepeg, Canada, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Parnham (post 1700)

  • James Arthur "Rube" Parnham (1894-1963), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the 1916 and 1917 Philadelphia Athletics
  • Brett Parnham (b. 1989), Canadian ice hockey centre
  • Douglas Parnham (b. 1951), British Olympic sprint canoer

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