Parson Family History

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Parson Name Meaning

English: from Middle English persone, parsoun ‘parish priest’, ‘parson’ (Old French persone, from Latin persona ‘person’, ‘character’), hence a status name for a parish priest or perhaps a nickname for a devout man. The reasons for the semantic shift from ‘person’ to ‘priest’ are not certain; the most plausible explanation is that the local priest was regarded as the representative person of the parish. The phonetic change from -er- to -ar- was a regular development in Middle English. Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish names. Americanized spelling of Swedish Pärsson, Persson (see Persson).

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

Similar surnames: Person, Parton, Parsons, Pardon, Pearson, Sarson, Larson, Raison

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Parson Family Origin

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Parson Family Occupations

What did your Parson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Parson family was Farm Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parson. The most common Parson occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Parson's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Annuitant

  • Farm Labourer


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Parson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 100,000 census records available for the last name Parson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Parson 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Parson. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Parson. For the veterans among your Parson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Parson Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Parson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Parson in 1940 was 28, and 69 in 2004.

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