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Parsley Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): altered form of the medieval family name Passelewe (assimilated by folk etymology to the herb name parsley). The medieval name is from Old French passe(r) ‘to pass or cross’ + l’ewe ‘the water’, hence a nickname, probably for a ferryman or a merchant who was in the habit of traveling overseas, or else someone who had been on a pilgrimage or crusade. It may also have been used as a topographic name for someone who lived on the opposite side of a watercourse from the main settlement.

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


Similar surnames: Pasley, Paley, Harley, Pursley, Barley, Varley, Pawley, Worsley

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Parsley Family Origin

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Parsley Family Occupations

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  • Clergyman

    14%
  • Fireman

    14%
  • Fisherman

    14%
  • Gentleman

    14%

In 1881, Clergyman, Fireman and Fisherman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Parsley. A less common occupation for the Parsley family was Gentleman. The most common Parsley occupation in Canada was Clergyman. 14% of Parsley's were Clergymans.

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