The name ‘Parsons’ originates from England. It is derived from the occupational name for a servant of a parish priest or parson, or patronymic denoting the child of a parson, from the possessive case of the Middle English word ‘personne’, ‘parsoun’, (Old Flemish ‘persone’, Latin ‘persona’, meaning person, character). Many early examples are found with prepositions (e.g. ‘Ralph de Persones 1323), these are habitation names, with the omission of ‘house’, in effect occupational names for servants employed at the ‘Parsonage’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Parsons’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘William Persona’, from Norfolk, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. Members of an Irish family called ‘Parsons’ were twice created ‘Ear of Rosse’, first in 1718, and again in 1806. They settled in Ireland in 1590, when two brothers, ‘William’, and ‘Laurence Parsons’, were granted large estates. Birr Castle, Parsonstown, became the family seat. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Ci… Coat of arms: Gules, th…
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