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Parson Name Meaning

English: from Middle English persone, parsoun ‘parish priest’, ‘parson’ (Old French persone, from Latin persona ‘person’, ‘character’), hence a status name for a parish priest or perhaps a nickname for a devout man. The reasons for the semantic shift from ‘person’ to ‘priest’ are not certain; the most plausible explanation is that the local priest was regarded as the representative person of the parish. The phonetic change from -er- to -ar- was a regular development in Middle English. Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish names. Americanized spelling of Swedish Pärsson, Persson (see Persson).

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

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

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Parson Family Origin

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Parson Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


In 1880, the most common Parson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Parson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Parson family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parson.

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