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The history of the name Parsons dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who 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)


Parsons Early Origins



The surname Parsons 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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Parsons Spelling Variations


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Parsons 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 Parsons has undergone many spelling variations, including Parsons, Parson and others.

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Parsons Early History


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Parsons Early History



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

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Parsons Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Parsons Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Parsons In Ireland


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Parsons In Ireland



Some of the Parsons 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



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 Parsons were among those contributors:

Parsons Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Parsons settled in Virginia in 1619
  • James Parsons settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Phillipp Parsons, aged 10, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Parsons settled in Virginia in 1637
  • James Parsons, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parsons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Parsons, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Lawrence Parsons, who arrived in New England in 1740
  • George Parsons settled in Virginia in 1747
  • Mary Parsons, who arrived in Virginia in 1752
  • Jasper Parsons, who arrived in New York in 1797

Parsons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joanna Parsons, aged 35, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Thomas Parsons, aged 42, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Arthur W Parsons, who arrived in New York, NY in 1841
  • Charles Parsons, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Elizabeth Parsons, aged 38, landed in New York in 1862
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parsons Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Raymond Howard Parsons, who arrived in Alabama in 1920
  • Henry Samuel Parsons, who landed in Alabama in 1923

Parsons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Parsons, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ms. Esther Parsons U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 smember of the Penobscot Association [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Nathaniel Parsons U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ms. Tabitha Parsons U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William N Parsons U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parsons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Parsons, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • William Parsons, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • William Parsons, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • Edward Parsons, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John Parsons, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Parsons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Parsons, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Emma Parsons, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Eliza Sophia Parsons, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Parsons, aged 22, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Parsons, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Parsons (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Parsons (post 1700)



  • Jordan Parsons (1990-2016), American mixed martial artist who died as a result of a hit and run driver hitting him
  • Donald James Parsons (1922-2016), American Episcopal prelate, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy from 1973 to 1988
  • Jamie Parsons (1941-2015), American politician, Mayor of Juneau, Alaska (1991-1994)
  • Wyley Parsons, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1936, 1944
  • William H. Parsons, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1884
  • Walter Leak Parsons (b. 1858), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1887-88, 1907-08; Member of North Carolina State Senate 21st District, 1913-14
  • W. Paul Parsons, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1944
  • Vaughn Parsons, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • Timothy Parsons, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Redding, 1837
  • Thomas Jefferson Parsons (1804-1890), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1833-34; Member of New Hampshire State Senate 1st District, 1835-37
  • ... (Another 161 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Parsons Historic Events


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Parsons Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Thomas F Parsons (b. 1959), American Sergeant from Washington, Michigan, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Henry Parsons (b. 1918), Welsh Leading Seaman from Wales, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Li Wo and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Parsons, British Air Mechanician 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harry Parsons, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Charles J Parsons, British Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Archibald Ernest Parsons, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Edward Parsons (d. 1912), aged 35, English Chief Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Parsons (d. 1912), aged 18, English Saloon Steward from Ashbrittle, Somerset who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Alfred Parsons (d. 1912), aged 26, English Greaser from Liverpool, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Parsons


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Suggested Readings for the name Parsons



  • The Parsons Family: Descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons (C. 1618-1683), Springfield, Mass. by Gerald James Parsons.
  • Parsons Family History by American Genealogical Research Institute.

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  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.
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. 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).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Parsons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Parsons 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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