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SOURCE: Location, Given Name & Occupation
OTHER FORMS: Parslet, Passelewe
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 6/6/2016
Meaning & History
Derived from Old French passelewe
"cross the water."
English (of Norman origin): altered form of the medieval family name Passelewe
(assimilated by folk etymology to the herb name parsley). The medieval name is from Old French passe(r)
‘to pass or cross’ + l’ewe
‘the water’, hence a nickname, probably for a ferryman or a merchant who was in the habit of traveling overseas, or else someone who had been on a pilgrimage or crusade. It may also have been used as a topographic name for someone who lived on the opposite side of a watercourse from the main settlement.