Parris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Parris family

The surname Parris was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the name was Lotyn de Paris in 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. [2]

Early History of the Parris family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parris research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1624, 1200, 1259, 1666, 1735, 1653, 1720, 1682, 1760, 1692, 1609 and 1582 are included under the topic Early Parris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Parris Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Parris 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 minister in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Parris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Parris migration to the United States +

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 settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Arundell Parris, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Arundell Parris, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [3]
  • Arrundill Parris, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Parris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Parris, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [3]
  • Thomas Parris, who landed in Virginia in 1707 [3]
Parris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Parris, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1856 [3]
  • William T Parris, who arrived in Arkansas in 1874 [3]

Australia Parris migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Parris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Parris, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [4]
  • Stephen Parris, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [4]

New Zealand Parris migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Parris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emily Parris, aged 23, a housemaid, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Parris (post 1700) +

  • Rebecca Parris (1951-2018), American jazz singer
  • James Parris, American actor, known for Belly (1998), When Will I Be Loved (2004) and The Butterfly Chasers
  • Teyonah Parris, American Black Reel Award winning and Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actress, known for Dear White People (2014), How Do You Know (2010) and Mad Men (2007)
  • Robert Parris (1924-1999), American composer and professor of music
  • Stanford Elmer "Stan" Parris (1929-2010), American lawyer and Republican politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1981-1991)
  • Albion Keith Parris (1788-1857), American politician and jurist, United States Senator from Maine (1827-1828), 5th Governor of Maine (1822-1827)
  • Patricia Parris (b. 1950), American voice actress, best known for her work as Shelly on Jabberjaw (1976) and Daisy Duck in Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
  • Alexander Parris (1780-1852), American architect-engineer, one of the founders of what would become the American Institute of Architects
  • Francis Sawyer Parris (1707-1760), English biblical scholar who played a major part in updating and standardizing the 1611 Authorized King James Version of the Bible
  • John Parris (b. 1952), English cue maker, founder of Parris Cues in 1984, one of the most renowned manufacturers of handmade snooker cues in the world
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Rudy Parris (b. 1945), American Captain from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash [5]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  5. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


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