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Parsons Name Meaning

English: occupational name for the servant of a parish priest or parson from the possessive case of Middle English persone parsoun (see Parson ). English: many early examples are found with the 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. English: post-medieval variant of Parson with excrescent -s. Alternatively Parson may be a shortened form of Parsons. Irish: usually of English origin (see above) but sometimes a shortened 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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Where is the Parsons family from?

You can see how Parsons families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Parsons family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Parsons families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 540 Parsons families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Parsons's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Parsons families in 1911.
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What did your Parsons ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Parsons. 26% of Parsons men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Parsons women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Parsons were Carpenter and Teacher. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 97,000 immigration records available for the last name Parsons. 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 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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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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