The English surname Parsons, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is an occupational name for the servant of a parish priest or parson, or a patronymic denoting the child of a parson, from the possessive case of Middle English persone, parsoun. When found in Ireland and Scotland the name Parsons is usually of English origin, but sometimes an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac an Phearsain, which is of Highland Scottish origin. The first recorded spelling of the name is shown to be that of Rodger le Persones, which was dated 1323, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Staffordshire." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1619 when John Parsons arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 66,000 bearers of the name Parsons living in the US.
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