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Parson Name Meaning

English: status name or nickname from Middle English persone persoun ‘priest parson’ (Old French persone). The status of medieval bearers of the surname is uncertain. Priests were generally known by a habitational name rather than by a surname denoting their role in the church. They were not allowed to marry but doubtless many had illegitimate children some of whom may have been given Parson as a surname. Some of the original bearers may have been given it as a nickname (compare Priest Bishop Monk ) or it may have been an occupational name for someone who worked for the parson (a shortened form of Personesservaunt perhaps). English: in northern England and the North Midlands especially it is often a variant of Pearson . For the change in vowel compare Parr . Americanized form of Swedish Pärsson Pehrsson (see Pehrson ) or Persson patronymics from vernacular shortened forms of the personal name Peter . Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish names.

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


Similar surnames: Person, Parton, Parsons, Pardon, Pearson, Sarson, Larson, Raison

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You can see how Parson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Parson families living in Virginia. This was about 23% of all the recorded Parson's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Parson families in 1840.
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What did your Parson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Parson. 21% of Parson men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Parson women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Parson were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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What is the average Parson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Parson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Parson in 1940 was 28, and 69 in 2004.

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