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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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Where is the Parsley family from?

You can see how Parsley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parsley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parsley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 38 Parsley families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Parsley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Parsley families in 1911.
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What did your Parsley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Parsley. 74% of Parsley men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    74%
  • Labourer
    16%
  • Manager
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Parsley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Parsley. For the veterans among your Parsley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Parsley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Parsley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Parsley in 1942 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

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