Parrish Family History

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Parrish Name Meaning

English (mainly southern): from the Old French habitational name and personal name Paris (see Paris 1). Parrish is the most common form of the name in English, and is the result of confusion between -s and -sh (compare Norris), reinforced by folk etymological association with the modern English word parish. In the 17th and 18th centuries the surname was occasionally bestowed on foundlings brought up at the expense of the parish.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Paris, Harris, Parris, Parrill, Sarris, Parise, Garriss, Parish

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Parrish Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Parrish name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Parrish. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Parrish Family Origin

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Parrish Family Occupations

What did your Parrish ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Parrish family was Farmer. The most common Parrish occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Parrish's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parrish.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Parrish ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Parrish Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 158,000 census records available for the last name Parrish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Parrish census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Parrish. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Parrish. For the veterans among your Parrish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Parrish Life Expectancy

What is the average Parrish lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Parrish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Parrish in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Parrish

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Parrish ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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