Parker Family History

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Parker Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a gamekeeper employed in a medieval park, from an agent derivative of Middle English parc ‘park’ (see Park 1). This surname is also found in Ireland. Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish names.

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

Similar surnames: Marker, Packer, Harker, Barker, Parler, Barber, Pasker, Parke, Hawker

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Parker Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Parker name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Parker. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Parker Family Origin

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Parker Family Occupations

What did your Parker ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parker. A less common occupation for the Parker family was Farming. The most common Parker occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Parker's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Parker ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Parker Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Parker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Parker 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 240,000 immigration records available for the last name Parker. 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 Card

There are 384,000 military records available for the last name Parker. For the veterans among your Parker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Parker Life Expectancy

What is the average Parker lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Parker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Parker in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Parker ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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