Show ContentsParton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Parton is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Parton comes from the Norman given name Partant. [1]

Another source notes that the name could have been derived from the Old English words "pere" + "tun," in modern English meaning "pear orchard" or "pear tree." [2]

Early Origins of the Parton family

The surname Parton was first found in Cumberland at Parton, a township, in the parish of Moresby, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent. [3] [4]

Now part of Cumbria, this seaside village sometimes called Parton Bay was used by the Romans, who had a fort on north of the present village. Parton is also found in Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, and in Gloucestershire but it is generally believed that the aforementioned village and parish has the strongest evidence of the family heritage. But early records have the name scattered throughout Britain: Adam of Peron in the Assize Rolls of Wiltshire in 1249; Robert Perton in 1249; and John Parton in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1377. [5]

Early Scottish records revealed Patrick fiz Matheu de Partone of Dumfries rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. [6]

Early History of the Parton family

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Parton Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Parton were recorded, including Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.

Early Notables of the Parton family (pre 1700)

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Parton Ranking

In the United States, the name Parton is the 5,047th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [7]

United States Parton migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Parton arrived in North America very early:

Parton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sand Parton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [8]
Parton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. Parton and his two children settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822
  • John Parton, who landed in New York in 1826 [8]
  • James Parton, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • S Parton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [8]
  • Harry Parton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Parton migration to Australia +

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

Parton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Parton, British convict who was convicted in Coventry, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "England" on 6th June 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Miss Ann Parton who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Eliza Parton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Statesman" in 1850 [11]
  • William Parton, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Contemporary Notables of the name Parton (post 1700) +

  • Dolly Rebecca Parton (b. 1946), American Country singer /songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist with an estimated 177 million in album sales
  • Randel Huston Parton (1953-2021), known professionally as Randy Parton, an American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman, younger brother of Dolly Parton
  • Stella Parton (b. 1949), American country singer and songwriter, younger sister of Dolly Parton
  • Randy Parton (b. 1953), American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman, best known as the brother of Dolly Parton
  • James Parton (1822-1891), English-born, American biographer
  • Linda Parton, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ferndale, Michigan, 2013 [12]
  • Tony Parton (b. 1967), former English cricketer, born in Wellington, Shropshire; he played from Shropshire from 1988 to 2004
  • Vernon Rylands "V.R." Parton (1897-1974), English chess player and prolific chess variant inventor; his most renowned variant being Alice Chess and many of Parton's variants were inspired by the fictional characters and stories in the works of Lewis Carroll
  • Sarah Jane Parton (b. 1980), New Zealand new media artist based in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jeffrey John "Jeff" Parton (b. 1953), retired Welsh professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper from 1970 to 1978 including three caps for the Wales U-23 National Team
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Stanley G Parton (b. 1915), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Godstone, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [13]

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  8. 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)
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th April 2022).
  10. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from
  11. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STATESMAN 1850. Retrieved
  12. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  13. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook