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
Scholar 2,951
Labourer 495
General Servant 319
Agricultural Labourer 268
Domestic Servant 265
Dress Maker 188
Coal Miner 187
Farm Servant 157
House Keeper 137
Collier 137
Servant 133
Quarry Man 132
Joiner 120
Farmer 119
Miner 107
Blacksmith 99
Farmer's Son 94
Quarryman 91
Farmer's Wife 85
Tailor 77
General Servant Domestic 73
Annuitant 71
Farmer's Daughter 71
Farmers Wife 71
Laundress 71

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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