Parymore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Parymore surname comes from the Middle English word "paramour," meaning "a lover," from the Old French "par amour," or "with love." As such, it was likely originally a nickname, which later became a surname. [1] "This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the paramour,' a lover in an honest sense." [1]

Early Origins of the Parymore family

The surname Parymore was first found in Lincolnshire where John Paramour was the first record of the family as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400), generally known as the Father of English literature made and interesting reference to the name in Canterbury Tales: " 'My fourthe husbonde was a revellour, This is to sayn, he had a paramour.' " [2]

"The Paramores, an old gentle family of Bagworth, Leicestershire, in the 16th and 17th centuries, are now rarely represented in the county Richard Paramor of this family contributed £25 for the defence of his country at the time of the expected Spanish invasion in 1588. Paramor was the name of very old Kentish families of Ash, St. Nicholas - in - Thanet, Fordwich, Eastry, etc., now mostly extinct. In the 13th century the name of Param'r occurred in Lincolnshire, and that of De Porremore in Devonshire." [3]

Early History of the Parymore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parymore research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1581, 1623 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Parymore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Parymore Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Parymore are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Parymore include: Paramore, Paramor, Paramour, Paramoure, Parrymore, Parrymour, Parymore and many more.

Early Notables of the Parymore family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Parymore family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Parymore or a variant listed above: Robert Paramour, who came to Virginia in 1624; Miles Paramore, who settled in Virginia in 1662; Thomas Paramour, who came to Maryland in 1673; John Paramore, who came to Virginia in 1673.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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