Parry Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Parry Name Meaning: This surname originates from the the Welsh 'ap Harry' meaning 'son of Harry'.

An originally Welsh surname shortening from the Welsh word meaning 'son of Harry'. The word parry is also used in fencing taken from the French word 'parez'which is associated with defence and to 'ward off' something, so may have been given to someone who's occupation was to defend.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Parry Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Parry family

Profession Census Frequency
Female Servant 802
Agricultural Labourer 727
Farmer 464
Independent 378
Labourer 285
Male Servant 271
Miner 125
Shoe Maker 113
Carpenter 78
Joiner 78
Collier 72
Tailor 70
Pauper 68
Quarry Man 68
Mason 59
Blacksmith 48
Smith 44
Lead Miner 43
Dress Maker 38
Mariner 35
Butcher 31
Independant 31
Quarryman 31
Publican 30
Stone Mason 29

Parry Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Parry 100% 166,471
2 Perry 80% 163,594
3 Perrey 67% 2,460
4 Parrey 83% 1,892
5 Pary 80% 910
6 Purry 80% 399
7 Porry 80% 217

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The surname Parry is the most popular version of all its varients

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