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The ancestry of the name Parr dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Parr which was known in Lancashire as an enclosed area. Parr is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Parr Early Origins



The surname Parr was first found in Lancashire at Parr, where the earliest record of the surname was Sir John Parr ( c. 1371), the progenitor of the Parr family which included Catherine Parr, Queen of England. Without a doubt, one of the most famous of the family in the early years was Thomas Parr (1483-1635), the Englishman who was said to have lived for 152 years. Often referred to as Old Parr or Old Tom Parr, his portrait hangs at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, with an inscription which reads “Thomas Parr died at the age of 152 years 9 months.” He was treated as a spectacle in London, but the change in food apparently led to his death. The king arranged for him to be buried at Westminster Abbey complete with a monument.

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Parr Spelling Variations


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Parr Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Parr have been found, including Parr, Par, Parre and others.

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Parr Early History


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Parr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parr research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1407, 1461, 1434, 1483, 1483, 1517, 1512, 1548, 1543, 1543, 1547, 1592, 1644, 1725 and 1791 are included under the topic Early Parr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Parr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Thomas Parr (1407-1461), an English landowner and elected Member of Parliament six times; and his son, William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal, KG (1434-1483), an English courtier and soldier; and his son, Sir Thomas Parr (c...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Parr In Ireland


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Parr In Ireland



Some of the Parr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Parr, or a variant listed above:

Parr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Parr, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Robert Parr, who came to Virginia in 1637
  • Abel Parr, who landed in Massachusetts in 1641
  • Edward Parr, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Thomas Parr settled in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alex Parr, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Antho Parr, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Alerr Parr, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Jacob Parr, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johannes Parr, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Parr, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Margaret Parr, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Anne Parr, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • William Parr, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • Christian Parr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parr Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Harriett Parr U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 smember of the Penobscot Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Parr U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Parr Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Parr, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Henry D Parr, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Parr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Chapman Parr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • John Parr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847
  • E. Parr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • Edward Parr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850
  • Thomas Parr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Parr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Thomas Parr, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Jane Elizabeth Parr, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Edward Parr, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Thomas Parr, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parr (post 1700)



  • Jack Harold Parr (1918-2004), American two-time Emmy Award nominated radio and television comedian and talk show host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962
  • Jerry S. Parr (1930-2015), American Secret Service Agent who is widely credited with helping to save President Reagan's life on his assassination attempt on March 30, 1981
  • Archer "Archie" Parr (1860-1859), American Texas cattle rancher and politician, nicknamed "the Duke of Duval County"
  • Larry Parr (b. 1942), American chessmaster
  • John Parr (b. 1954), American musician
  • Henry Bingham Parr (1845-1930), English cricketer active from 1872 to 1876
  • George Parr (1826-1891), English cricketer
  • Chris Parr (b. 1944), English theatre director and television executive
  • Robert Michael "Bob" Parr (b. 1957), Emmy Award-winning English-born New Zealand television producer
  • Rear Admiral Tony Parr MVO (b. 1955), Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy (2009-)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Parr Historic Events


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Parr Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. George Frederick Parr (1904-1941), Australian Chief Electrical Artificer from Footscray, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Henry Marsh Parr (d. 1912), aged 29, Irish First Class passenger from Belfast, Ireland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Parr


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Suggested Readings for the name Parr



  • The Descendants of Richard Parr: Pioneers of Licking County, Ohio by Mariam Parr.
  • The Parr Family: Stephen of Delaware. some of his Descendants and Allied Families by Lucille Parr.

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Parr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parr 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 29 November 2016 at 14:51.

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