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