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

The origins of the Parson surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Parson began when someone in that family worked as a person who worked as the parson or clergyman. This individual probably lived or worked at the parsonage.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Parson has appeared include Parsons, Parson and others.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parson research. Another 288 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1704 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Parson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Parson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Parson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Parson arrived in North America very early:

Parson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuell Parson, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • John Parson, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Hans Parson, who landed in Delaware in 1649
  • Henry Parson, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Wm Parson, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Parson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jasper Parson, who landed in New York in 1796

Parson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Parson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Thomas Parson, aged 43, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Lewis Parson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Ludwig Parson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

Parson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Parson, aged 37, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • James Parson, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Margaret Parson, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"


  • Mosby Monroe Parson (1822-1865), United States officer in the Mexican-American War
  • Talcott Parson (1902-1979), American sociologist
  • Gram Parson (1946-1973), American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist
  • James Joseph "Jim" Parson (b. 1973), American television and film actor
  • Anja Sofia Tess Parson (b. 1981), Swedish Sámi alpine skier
  • Alan Parson (b. 1948), British audio engineer, musician, and record producer
  • Alfred Lauck Parson (1889-1970), British chemist and physicist who developed the "magneton theory" of the atom


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

This page was last modified on 22 June 2013 at 23:11.

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