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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Parker Name
Origins of Name:
The surname of Parker originates from the country of France, and is an occupational surname. This surname, derived from the French words “parchier” or “parquier” which can be translated to mean “park keeper,” and is used to describe someone who was officially in charge of the hunting parks of a wealthy landowner, or of a king. This surname was said to have been introduced to England following the Norman Invasion of 1066, and appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as one of the few entries where people have a recorded surname.
More common variations are: Paraker, Parcker, Parkera, Paarker, Parkerr, Parkker, Parkier, Parkeer, Parkere, Parrker
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Parker was found in the country of England. One person by the name of Anschetil Parker was named in the Doomsday Book of 1086, which encompassed a survey of the citizens of England during that time. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of King William I, who was known as, and commonly referred to throughout history as “The Conqueror,” or “William the Conqueror.” King William I ruled from the year 1066 to the year 1087. Other mentions of the surname of Parker throughout the country of England include Adam le Parker, who was mentioned in the Hundred Rolls of the County of Norfolk in the year of 1273. Those who carry the surname of Parker can be found in the areas of Dorset, Norfolk, Somerset, Lincoln, Northumberland, Derby, Lancashire, Essex, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, and in and around the city of London in large concentrations.
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Parker in the country of Scotland was found in the county of Perthshire. One person by the name of William le Parker, who lived in Kilmon, was named in the year 1296.
United States of America:
Throughout the 1600’s, many European citizens were no longer satisfied with the state of affairs in their home countries. Poor living conditions, the lack of land, overcrowding, the spread of disease, and religious persecution were among the reasons that these European citizens no longer enjoyed the lands of their birth. Thus, many European citizens began to migrate to the United States of America, which at that time was referred to as The New World, or The Colonies. This large movement of people was referred to as The European Migration. The United States was the best destination for these citizens because of the promises of available land, fair and righteous governments, better living conditions, and freedom of religion. The first people to migrate to the United States of America who bore the surname of Parker were Nicholas Parker, his wife Ann Parker, their daughter Mary Parker, and their son Nicholas Parker, who settled in the city of Roxbury, Massachusetts in the year of 1633. Captain George Parker landed in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1635. Those who carry the surname of Parker can be found in the states of Texas, California, Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
Australia and New Zealand:
In the 1800’s, people began to migrate to New Zealand and Australia. The first person to bear the surname of Parker in Australia was one Henry Parker, who was a convict from Middlesex, England, who was transported to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship named the Almorah, in the year 1817. Samuel Parker arrived in Wellington, New Zealand in the year 1840.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Parker: United States 368,066; England 66,660; Australia 27,909; South Africa 27,012; Canada 21,692; Nigeria 10,087; Ghana 6,710; New Zealand 5,174; Scotland 3,892; Wales 3,601
Lizette Parker (1972-2016) who was a politician and social worker from America, and who served as the Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey from the year 2014 to the year 2016
Eugene Parker (1956-2016) who was an NFL sports agent to Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, and more; he was ranked 45 out of 101 in the Sports Illustrated list of the top 101 most influential minorities in sports today
Royal Parker (1929-2016) who was a TV personality from America with the stage name of Royal Pollokoff
Jimmy Dale “Red” Parker (1931-2016) who was the head football coach at Arkansas A&M from the year 1961 to the year 1965
Everett Carlton Parker (1913-2015) who was a media activist from America, was also an ordained minister at the United Church of Christ
Alison Parker (1991-2015) who was a reporter for the CBS affiliate called WDBJ-TV who was killed on camera, during an on air interview with her cameraman by a former employee of the company
Mary Evelyn Dickerson Parker (1920-2015) who was a politician from America, and who served as the Louisiana State Treasurer from the year 1968 to the year 1987
Parker Family Gift Ideas
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