Parramore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Parramore surname comes from the Middle English word "paramour," meaning "a lover," from the Old French "par amour," or "with love." As such, it was likely originally a nickname, which later became a surname. [1] "This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the paramour,' a lover in an honest sense." [1]

Early Origins of the Parramore family

The surname Parramore was first found in Lincolnshire where John Paramour was the first record of the family as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400), generally known as the Father of English literature made and interesting reference to the name in Canterbury Tales: " 'My fourthe husbonde was a revellour, This is to sayn, he had a paramour.' " [2]

"The Paramores, an old gentle family of Bagworth, Leicestershire, in the 16th and 17th centuries, are now rarely represented in the county Richard Paramor of this family contributed £25 for the defence of his country at the time of the expected Spanish invasion in 1588. Paramor was the name of very old Kentish families of Ash, St. Nicholas - in - Thanet, Fordwich, Eastry, etc., now mostly extinct. In the 13th century the name of Param'r occurred in Lincolnshire, and that of De Porremore in Devonshire." [3]

Early History of the Parramore family

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Parramore Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Parramore has been recorded under many different variations, including Paramore, Paramor, Paramour, Paramoure, Parrymore, Parrymour, Parymore and many more.

Early Notables of the Parramore family (pre 1700)

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Parramore Ranking

In the United States, the name Parramore is the 14,515th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Parramore migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Parramore or a variant listed above:

Parramore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Parramore, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [5]
  • Robert Parramore, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Edward Parramore, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [5]
  • Rob Parramore, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [5]
  • Michaell Parramore, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Parramore (post 1700) +

  • James B. Parramore (1840-1902), American politician and soldier, 14th Mayor of Orlando (1896-1902), captain in the Fourth Florida Infantry of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Dr. Thomas Custis Parramore (1932-2004), American former Professor Emeritus of History at Meredith College
  • Bruce Parramore, Swiss-born independent film-maker

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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  5. ^ 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) on Facebook