Parry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the Celtic land of Wales comes the name Parry. The Parry 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 Parry family

The surname Parry 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." [1] 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." [2]

Early History of the Parry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parry research. Another 86 words (6 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 Parry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Parry Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. 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 could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Parry have included Parry, Parrey, Parrie and others.

Early Notables of the Parry 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Parry family to Ireland

Some of the Parry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Parry migration to the United States +

North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Parry:

Parry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Morris Parry, aged 30, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [3]
  • William Parry, who settled in Vriginia in 1636
  • Anne Parry, who settled in Virginia with her husband in 1637
  • Anne Parry, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • William Parry, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Parry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Parry, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [3]
  • Bartho Parry, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [3]
  • Thomas Parry, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729-1733 [3]
  • Jean-Pierre Parry, who landed in South Carolina in 1736 [3]
  • Edward Parry, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1795 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Parry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Parry, aged 54, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Evan Parry, aged 18, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1826 [3]
  • David Parry, aged 14, who landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [3]
  • Sarah Parry, aged 45, who arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [3]
  • Robert Parry, aged 9, who landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Parry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Parry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Parry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Parry, aged 35, a blacksmith, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Liverpool, England
  • Jane Parry, aged 7, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Liverpool, England
  • Charles Parry, aged 5, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Liverpool, England
  • Daniel Parry, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Liverpool, England
  • Hannah Parry, aged 6 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Liverpool, England
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Parry migration to Australia +

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

Parry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Parry, English convict from Salop, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Edward Parry, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Parry, (b. 1812), aged 18, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales, he died in 1840 [6]
  • Mr. Henry Parry, (b. 1813), aged 20, English baker who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Richard Parry, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
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New Zealand Parry 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:

Parry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Parry, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Thomas Parry a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Margaret Parry, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames" in 1849
  • Miss Margaret Parry, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Thames" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th November 1849 [8]
  • Walter Parry, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
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Contemporary Notables of the name Parry (post 1700) +

  • Robert Parry (1949-2018), American investigative journalist, known for his work on the Iran-Contra affair for the Associated Press, awarded the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984
  • Milman Parry (1902-1935), American scholar of epic poetry
  • Charles Christopher Parry (1823-1890), American botanist and mountaineer
  • Joseph Parry (1841-1903), Welsh composer and musician
  • Colin Parry (1941-2020), English professional footballer who played as a central defender
  • Mrs. Nicola Parry B.E.M., British Associate Director of Nursing and Head of Midwifery for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was appointed the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Midwifery
  • Natasha Parry (1930-2015), English actress, known for Romeo and Juliet (1968), Midnight Lace (1960) and Windom's Way (1957)
  • David Anthony Dougall Parry CNZM, New Zealand biophysicist
  • Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918), English composer, teacher, and historian of music
  • Thomas Gambier Parry (1816-1888), British artist and art collector
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. D. Parry, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Royal Oak
  • George Joseph Parry (1919-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania


The Parry 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Parry +

  • 3282 Eagon-Parry Family by Herbert B. Eagon.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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