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The name Parrett was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the name Peter. This name was a baptismal name that was originally derived from the French name Pierre and was a diminutive of the name Parrot, which means little Peter. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The name Parrett is also a nickname type of surname for someone who likes to talk or chat like a parrot.


The surname Parrett was first found in Pembrokeshire where they were granted the lands of Ystington, Haroldston, and Carew Castle in that shire by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Sir Stephen Perrott married Helen, the daughter of Marchion Ap Rice, Prince of South Wales at the beginning of the 12th century. Thorp Perrot Hall is a large 18th-century country house standing in an estate on the northern edge of Snape village.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Parrett family name include Perrot, Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, Perot, Perott, Perrett and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parrett research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1571, 1636, 1597, 1604, 1622, 1626, 1629, 1601, 1608, 1611, 1617, 1683, 1677, 1679, 1659, 1528, 1592 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Parrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Stephen Perrot, ancient scion of the family; Sir James Perrot (1571-1636), a Welsh writer and politician, Member of Parliament for Haverfordwest in 1597, (1604-1622)...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Parrett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Parrett family to immigrate North America:

Parrett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Parrett, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Jone Parrett, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Symon Parrett, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Francis Parrett, who arrived in Maryland in 1655
  • Gillam Parrett, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • ...

Parrett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margarett Parrett, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Parrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Parrett, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

  • William G. Parrett (b. 1945), American chairman of the Board of the United States Council for International Business (2005-2010), former CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Dennis L. Parrett (b. 1959), American politician, Member of the Kentucky Senate (2011-)
  • Jeffrey Dale "Jeff" Parrett (b. 1961), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1986 to 1996
  • William F. Parrett (1825-1895), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1889-1893)
  • Robert Parrett, English immigrant to Evansville, Indiana who become the first Methodist minister in Evansville and helped found Trinity Methodist church
  • Dean Gary Parrett (b. 1991), English footballer who has played since 2006, member of the England National Teams from 2006
  • Favel Parrett, Australian multiple award winning novelist, her first novel Past the Shadows was the winner of the 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA)

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Amo ut invenio
Motto Translation: I love as I find


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    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Parrett Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Parrett 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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