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Origins of the Parker surname

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What does the name Parker mean?

The Parker surname is relatively common, and of English origin (where it is the 48th most prevalent name in the country, and has been found there since the medieval period). Parker is an occupational name and derives from the Old French 'parquier' (a term for a park keeper or gamekeeper), given to those who worked in these fields.

Alternative variations of the name Parker

Parker, Parkers, Perker, Parkar, Parcher

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Where do most Parkers live?

In 1921, most Parkers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Parkers

How common is your surname?

42nd most common surname in the UK

We have 600,000 records for the Parker surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Parkers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Parker first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Parkers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Parkers in 1921




Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Parkers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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