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Origins of the Parry surname

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What does the name Parry mean?

The Parry surname is believed to have originated in Wales. It's a patronymic surname that comes from the Welsh naming tradition, where those who were the son or descendant of Harry (a diminutive of Henry) would have the suffix 'ap Harry', which later abridged to 'Parry'. Owing to this heritage, it is still most often found in Wales.

Alternative variations of the name Parry

Parry, Parrie, Parie, Paree, Pirry

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Where do most Parrys live?

In 1921, most Parrys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Parrys

How common is your surname?

203rd most common surname in the UK

We have 228,000 records for the Parry surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Parrys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Parry first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Parrys

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

Common Female occupations for Parrys in 1921


House Servant


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Parrys in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Coal Miner Hewer




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