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Where did the English Parris family come from? What is the English Parris family crest and coat of arms? When did the Parris family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Parris family history?

Parris is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Saxon tribe called Parisii who originally lived beside the Humber river in Lincolnshire.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Parris has undergone many spelling variations, including Paris, Parish, Parris, Parrish, Pares and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parris 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 Parris History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 151 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Parris were among those contributors:

Parris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Parris, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Parris, who came to Massachusetts in 1635
  • Arundell Parris, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Arundell Parris, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Arrundill Parris, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Parris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Parris, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Thomas Parris, who landed in Virginia in 1707

Parris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Parris, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1856
  • William T Parris, who arrived in Arkansas in 1874

Parris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Parris arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Stephen Parris arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836

Parris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emily Parris, aged 23, a housemaid, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874


  • Alexander Parris (1780-1852), American architect-engineer
  • Patricia Parris, American voice actress
  • John Parris (b. 1952), English cue maker
  • Matthew Parris, British journalist and former Conservative politician
  • Stanton Parris (1931-2009), Barbadian cricket umpire
  • Eddie Parris (1911-1971), Welsh international footballer


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The Parris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parris 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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