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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.
The surname Parson was 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.
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.
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
Parson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Parson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Parson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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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