Parrass is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the Saxon tribe called Parisii
who originally lived beside the Humber river in Lincolnshire
. However, the name may also be of Norman descent as shown by the rather obvious reference to Paris, France. In this case, records show that William, Roger, Walter and Odelina Paris in a Normandy
Roll 1180-1185. And about the same time, Hugo, Peter de Paris was listed in England
c. 1198. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Parrass family
The surname Parrass was first found in Lincolnshire
where one of the first records of the name was Lotyn de Paris in the the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls list Robert de Paris in London and Ralph de Paris in Kent
. Roger de Paris and Simon de Paris were both listed as living in London during the reign of Edward I
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Parrass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parrass research.Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1624, 1200, 1259, 1666, 1735, 1653, 1720, 1682, 1760 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Parrass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parrass 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. Parrass has been recorded under many different variations, including Paris, Parish, Parris, Parrish, Pares and others.
Early Notables of the Parrass family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Matthew Paris (circa 1200-1259), English Benedictine monk at St Albans, known as a chronicler and manuscript illuminator; James Paris du Plessis (c.1666-1735), English servant of the famous diarist Samuel Pepys; Samuel Parris (1653-1720), the Puritan... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parrass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Parrass family to the New World and Oceana
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 Parrass or a variant listed above: Thomas Parris, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Edward and Eleanor Parish, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Parris, who came to Massachusetts in 1635.