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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


Similar surnames: Paris, Harris, Parris, Parrill, Sarris, Parise, Garriss, Parish

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Where is the Parrish family from?

You can see how Parrish families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parrish family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parrish families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 72 Parrish families living in Virginia. This was about 16% of all the recorded Parrish's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Parrish families in 1840.
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What did your Parrish ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Parrish. 20% of Parrish men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Parrish women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Parrish were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Parrish. 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 42,000 military records available for the last name Parrish. For the veterans among your Parrish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Parrish lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Parrish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Parrish in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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