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Parsley Family History

Parsley Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): altered form of the medieval family name Passelewe (assimilated by folk etymology to the herb name parsley). The medieval name is from Old French passe(r) ‘to pass or cross’ + l’ewe ‘the water’, hence a nickname, probably for a ferryman or a merchant who was in the habit of traveling overseas, or else someone who had been on a pilgrimage or crusade. It may also have been used as a topographic name for someone who lived on the opposite side of a watercourse from the main settlement.

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

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46,146 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
4,546 Military Records
1,552 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Parsley Families

  • Number of Parsley families
     33 - 63
     12 - 32
     1 - 11
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Parsley families
     64 - 126
     22 - 63
     1 - 21
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Parsley families
     6 - 9
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Parsley Family Origin

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Parsley Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Parsley

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Parsley Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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