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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.

One source notes: "I ventured to derive this surname from Peter, and this, through the French Pierre, is probably the true origin of it in some cases; but a correspondent (the Rev. Henry Parr) says: 'it is derived from the manor of Parr in Lancashire, which is also a township, and of late years has become a chapelry. There all my ancestors were settled from the XIII. century, and there is sufficient reason for concluding, that every family bearing the name has branched out from the same parent stock.' " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Parr Early Origins



The surname Parr was first found in Lancashire at Parr, a township in the parish of Prescot where one of the first records of the family was John Parr, rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire in December 1367. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].

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 207 words (15 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 68 words (5 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



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 setted in Virginia in 1637
  • Abel Parr, who landed in Massachusetts in 1641 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Edward Parr, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Parr, who 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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Antho Parr, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alerr Parr, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jacob Parr, aged 20, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Johannes Parr, aged 23, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Margaret Parr, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Anne Parr, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Parr, who arrived in New York in 1843 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Christian Parr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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 [4]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 [4]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [5]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Theresa.htm
  • E. Parr, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  • Edward Parr, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SALACIA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Salacia.gif
  • Thomas Parr, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SALACIA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Salacia.gif
  • ... (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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Thomas Parr, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Jane Elizabeth Parr, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Edward Parr, aged 13, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Thomas Parr, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
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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

RMS Titanic


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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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Theresa.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SALACIA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Salacia.gif

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. 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.
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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.

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