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Parent Name Meaning

English and French: from Middle English, Old French parent ‘parent’, ‘relative’, hence a nickname for someone who was related to an important member of the community. English and French: nickname for someone of striking or imposing appearance, from Middle English, Old French parent ‘notable’, ‘impressive’.

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


Similar surnames: Brent, Argent, Largent, Sargent, Parrent, Parente, Parrot, Parrett

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Where is the Parent family from?

You can see how Parent families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parent family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parent families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 15 Parent families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Parent's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Parent families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Parent surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Parent ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Parent. 19% of Parent men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Parent women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Parent were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 120,000 census records available for the last name Parent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Parent census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Parent. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Parent. For the veterans among your Parent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Parent lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Parent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Parent in 1941 was 55, and 77 in 2004.

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