Last name: Parker

This great and noble surname is English. Borne by the Earls of Morley and Macclesfield; the Barons of Boringdon and Monteagle, and having more than sixty Coats of Arms, it is ultimately of French occupational origins. It described an official in charge of the extensive hunting parks of a king or wealthy landowner. The derivation is from the words "parchier" or "parquier" meaning "park- keeper". The surname was first recorded in Englnd in the latter half of the 11th Century following the 1066 Norman Invasion, and as such was one of the very earliest surnames on record. Only five percent of the entries in the great Domesday Book of 1086 show people having surnames, and this is one of them. Amongst these very early recordings are examples such as Geoffrey Parchier, in the book of 'Seals' for the county of Northumberland, dated 1145 a. d. and Adam le Parker in the Hundred Rolls of the county of Norfolk for the year 1273. The surname was one of the very first into the new American colonies. William Parker, aged 20, who arrived in the ship Charles of London, in the year 1616, is shown in the records for January 23rd 1624 as being in the "muster" of Susan Bush, of 'Elzabeth Cittie'. Quite what his situation was is far from clear, as Susan Bush herself arrived in 1617, and was only aged 20! The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Anschetil Parcher, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of the county of Somerset, during the reign of King William 1, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087.

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How very interesting to read all these Parker stories. My cousins David from Cambridge 'Dulcimer' Dave from Widnes and John from the West Country have recently contacted each other for the first time through research carried out by 'Dulcie' Dave (see BBC - mbhistory Family Trees - Happy Tom Parker and h2g2 - Happy Tom Parker) Our grandfather was a comedian impresario who performed in UK Music Halls and theatres in USA Canada and Australia in the late 1800s-early 1900s. My father Henry Thomas Parker had three brothers, Albert, Leon and Leslie and one sister, Florence (married name Slythe) We would be delighted to hear from any other near or distant relatives from this part of the Parker family tree. Aye, Sylvia from Scotland

Heath Parker
I am from north alabama my fathers side as far as i know is from georgia. My father was Don Parker and my grandfather is Lamar Parker anybody related to me?

Emma Parker
I was born in 1971 in Southampton and was adopted by my jersey parents 3 months later. Am looking to find out more about my birth family can anyone help?

Hi my name is Shietha Parker, my great grandfather was McKinley Parker aka Kent Parker. He was a business man in Coosa, Alabama, but later married and moved to Selma,AL. I have been researching the family line and I have looked up the name McKinley, which I found was scottish. I have been trying to find the family line that links and I found a man by the name of John McKinley Parker who departed from Liverpool, England I am not sure if he is a connection my research stopped here. Can anyone help?

Carol Parker
I am looking for information on my great great grandfather, Benjamin Parker. He was born in Rockingham County, NC and married Judith Boyston. Our family lives in Anson County, NC. Benjamin and Judith had a son, James Carlie Parker born October 31, 1912. James married Naomi Elizabeth Rickets.

E. Silzer

Trying to find information on ancestors, James Parker (died 1915) married Eleanor Alexander (died 1864) in Armagh County, Northern Ireland in 1853, moved to New York shortly thereafter. They had 9 children, Elizabeth Ann (1855 – 1928), Alicia Jane (1856 – 1913), Charles James Parker (1859 – 1933), James Parker (1861 – 1933), Charles (Alexander) (1862 – 1933), Charles (1863 – 1938), Alexander (1868), Margret (1870-), Mary (1872-). Any further information (past or present) would be incredible! Thank you... (email:

Christopher Parker
Looking for relatives, born in 93 here in Michigan