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Origins of the Parsons surname

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What does the name Parsons mean?

The origin of the surname Parsons is English. It has two similar origins that give clues as to the heritage of the bearer. Firstly, it can be an occupational surname that refers to a servant or member of a parson's household. It can also possibly be given to someone who is the son of a parson and their heirs.

Alternative variations of the name Parsons

Parsons, Parson, Persons, Parrson, Parrsons

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Where do most Parsonses live?

In 1921, most Parsonses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Parsonses

How common is your surname?

152nd most common surname in the UK

We have 237,000 records for the Parsons surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Parsonses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Parsons first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Parsonses

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

Common Female occupations for Parsonses in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Parsonses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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