Parsons Family History

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Parsons Name Meaning

English: occupational name for the servant of a parish priest or parson, or a patronymic denoting the child of a parson, from the possessive case of Middle English persone, parsoun (see Parson). English: many early examples are found with prepositions (e.g. Ralph del Persones 1323); these are habitational names, with the omission of house, hence in effect occupational names for servants employed at the parson’s house. Irish: usually of English origin (see above), but sometimes a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Phearsain, which is of Highland Scottish origin (see McPherson).

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


Similar surnames: Parson, Persons, Parton, Pearson, Person, Faison, Pardon, Garson

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Parsons Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Parsons name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    56%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    20%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Sweden

    3%

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Parsons Family Origin

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Parsons Family Occupations

What did your Parsons ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Parsons occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Parsons's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parsons. A less common occupation for the Parsons family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Farming

    3%

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Parsons Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 97,000 immigration records available for the last name Parsons. 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 101,000 military records available for the last name Parsons. For the veterans among your Parsons ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Parsons Life Expectancy

What is the average Parsons lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Parsons life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Parsons in 1941 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Parsons 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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