From the Celtic land of Wales
comes the name Parreys. The Parreys surname was a patronymic
, created from the personal name
Harry and thus was classified as a baptismal name. The surname featured the distinctive Welsh patronymic
prefix "ap," hence the original form of the name was ap-Harry, which was assimilated into the surname over the course of time.
Early Origins of the Parreys family
The surname Parreys was first found in Carnarvonshire
(Welsh: Sir Gaernarfon), a former county in Northwest Wales
, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and today divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where they claim descent from Moreiddig o'r dyffryn aur (Moreiddig of the Golden Waterfall) who in turn derive their pedigree from "Rhys Chwith, an esquire of the body to King Edward I., and a descendant of the ancient Lords of Cardigan." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Later some of the family were found at Bacton in Herefordshire
. "The church contains, in the north side of the chancel, a monument of the Corinthian order, with a curious inscription, to the memory of Mrs. Blanche Parry, of Newcourt, in the parish, and for many years maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth. Mrs. Blanche Parry, in 1589, bequeathed as much land as would produce 140 bushels of wheat and rye, to be divided among the poor of Bacton and the hamlet of Newton." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Parreys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parreys research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1660, 1640, 1644, 1682, 1714, 1709, 1714, 1599, 1650, 1677, 1672, 1634, 1678 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Parreys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parreys Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Parreys have included Parry, Parrey, Parrie and others.
Early Notables of the Parreys family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir George Parry (1600-1660), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons of England
from 1640 to 1644... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parreys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Parreys family to Ireland
Some of the Parreys family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Parreys family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Parreys: Anne Parry, who settled in Virginia with her husband in 1637; William Parry, who came to Virginia in 1636; as did Anthony, in 1653; Davey Parry in 1663.
The Parreys Motto
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: Heb Dduw heb Ddym, Duw a Dygon
Motto Translation: Without God, without anything, God is enough.