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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. PAHR-lee  [key]
Other Forms FormsParmley

Meaning & History

A place name meaning "pear field" from Old English 'per' with 'lee' or 'lea' meaning a field or clearing, perhaps where land was cleared to cultivate pear trees. Therefore this name denotes someone who lived near or worked at such a location or came from a habitation associated with the name. The name is still found in Devon in the village names of East Parley and West Parley.
Added 8/12/2017 by Nifty_Name_Nerd