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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Parson Early Origins



The surname Parson was first found in Norfolk where Clemens filius Persone was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Over in Somerset, William Parson and Isabel Parsones were both listed in Kirby's Quest as living 1 Edward III (in the first year of Edward III's reign.) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
Roger le Persones was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1323 and Alicia le Parsones was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcester in 1327. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

"A striking example of a purely south of England name, not to be found in my list north of a line drawn west from the Wash. It is represented in most of the southern counties, but its great home is in Wilts, whilst it is also numerous in most of the counties around this centre, namely, in Somerset, Dorset, Hants, Oxfordshire, and Monmouthshire." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
True to the quote, only one entry was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Johannes Parsonson. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Parson Spelling Variations


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Parson Spelling Variations



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.

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Parson Early History


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Parson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parson research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1704 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Parson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Parson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Parson In Ireland


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Parson In Ireland



Some of the Parson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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
  • William 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"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parson (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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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.

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