Parsley Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Pasley, Paley, Harley, Pursley, Barley, Varley, Pawley, Worsley

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Parsley Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Parsley. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Parsley Family Origin

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Parsley Family Occupations

What did your Parsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Parsley family was Farming. The most common Parsley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 51% of Parsley's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parsley.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Parsley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Parsley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Parsley 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Parsley. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Parsley. For the veterans among your Parsley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Parsley Life Expectancy

What is the average Parsley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Parsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Parsley in 1942 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

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