The English surname Parr is an habitational name from the place name Parr in Lancashire, which was named in Old English as pearr meaning “ an enclosure.” The first recorded reference to the name is shown to be that of Robert Perre, which was dated 1275, in the "Hundred Rolls of Yorkshire." Other early recordings include: Margeria Perre, who was recorded in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk; Henry de Par, who was mentioned in 1284, in the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire. Catherine Parr (1512 - 1548), sixth wife of Henry VIII, whom she was forced to marry on July 12th 1543, sprung from the "Parr's of Lancashire". There are more than 16,000 people living in The United States today with the family name Parr.
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