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Parrish Family History

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

1,425,486 Historical Documents with Parrish on Ancestry.com
264,446 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
40,205 Military Records
7,268 Immigration Records
151,076 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Parrish Families

  • Number of Parrish families
     170 - 338
     57 - 169
     1 - 56
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Parrish families
     135 - 268
     46 - 134
     1 - 45
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Parrish families
     3 - 4
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Parrish Family Origin

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Parrish Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Parrish

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Parrish Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Parrish Civil War Service Records

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