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Early Origins of the Parvis family

The surname Parvis was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Guildford, held by Randolph the clerk, the King's steward who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Parvis family

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Parvis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pervis, Pervies, Pervish, Perviss, Parvis, Parvish, Parviss, Parvis and many more.

Early Notables of the Parvis family (pre 1700)

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United States Parvis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parvis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Miles Parvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [2]
  • Richard Parvis, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [2]
Parvis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ben Parvis, who landed in New York in 1776 [2]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. 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) on Facebook