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Where did the English Parr family come from? What is the English Parr family crest and coat of arms? When did the Parr family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Parr family history?

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.

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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.

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 shich included, Catherine Parr, Queen of England.


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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.

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Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


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


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


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
  • 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


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


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  • John Parr (b. 1954), American musician
  • Larry Parr (b. 1942), American chessmaster
  • Jack Harold Parr (1918-2004), American radio and television comedian and talk show host
  • Archer "Archie" Parr (1860-1859), American Texas cattle rancher and politician, nicknamed "the Duke of Duval County"
  • Chris Parr (b. 1944), English theatre director and television executive
  • George Parr (1826-1891), English cricketer
  • Henry Bingham Parr (1845-1930), English cricketer active from 1872 to 1876
  • Martin Parr (b. 1952), British documentary photographer and photojournalist
  • Rear Admiral Tony Parr MVO (b. 1955), Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy (2009-)
  • Robert Michael "Bob" Parr (b. 1957), Emmy Award-winning English-born New Zealand television producer

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  • 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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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 31 May 2015 at 05:14.

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