Parsley


Parsley
This interesting and unusual surname, of Norman origin, with variant spellings Parsly, Parcely, Parsloe, Parslow, Paslow, Pashley, etc., derives from the Olde French phrase "passelewe", a compound of the elements "passe(r)", to pass or cross, (Latin "passare"), plus "l'ewe", the water, (Latin "aqua"), and was originally given as a nickname to a merchant who was in the habit of travelling overseas, or else someone who had been on a pilgrimage or crusade. The surname was first recorded in its Latinized form in the latter part of the 11th Century, (see below). The manor of the village of Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire is recorded in the Domesday Book as being held by the said Radulfus Passaqua. One Ralph Passelewa was noted in Records of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, dated 1104. The forms Parsley, Parcely, etc., containing an intrusive "r", first emerge in the early 16th Century. Osbert Parsley, (1511 - 1585), musical composer, was for fifty years Singing-Master at Norwich Cathedral. On September 6th 1555, Edward, son of John Parcely, was christened in Wilne, Derbyshire, and on May 22nd 1579, George Parsley, an infant, was christened at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Radulfus Passaqua, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book for Buckinghamshire, during the reign of King William 1, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Parsley — Pars ley (p[aum]rs l[y^]), n. [OE. persely, persil, F. persil, L. petroselinum rock parsley, Gr. petrose linon; pe tros stone + se linon parsley. Cf. {Celery}.] (Bot.) An aromatic umbelliferous herb ({Carum Petroselinum}), having finely divided… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Parsley — Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme LP de Simon and Garfunkel Publicación 10 de octubre de 1966 Grabación …   Wikipedia Español

  • Parsley — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Jay Parsley (* ?), US amerikanischer Filmproduzent Lea Ann Parsley (* 1968), US amerikanische Skeletonpilotin Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • parsley — (n.) 14c. merger of O.E. petersilie and O.Fr. peresil (13c.), both from M.L. petrosilium, from L. petroselinum, from Gk. petroselinon rock parsley, from petros rock, stone + selinon celery (see CELERY (Cf. celery)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • parsley — ► NOUN ▪ a herb with crinkly or flat leaves, used for seasoning or garnishing food. ORIGIN Greek petroselinon, from petra rock + selinon parsley …   English terms dictionary

  • parsley — [pärs′lē] n. [ME parseli < OE petersilie & OFr persil, both < VL * petrosilium < L petroselinum < Gr petroselinon, rock parsley < petros, stone + selinon, celery] a cultivated plant (Petroselinum hortense) of the umbel family, with …   English World dictionary

  • Parsley — Taxobox name = Parsley image width = 250px image caption = Parsley regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Apiales familia = Apiaceae genus = Petroselinum species = Petroselinum crispum subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • parsley — parsleylike, adj. /pahr slee/, n. 1. an herb, Pertoselinum crispum, native to the Mediterranean, having either curled leaf clusters (French parsley) or flat compound leaves (Italian parsley), widely cultivated for use in garnishing or seasoning… …   Universalium

  • parsley —    There are various sayings about sowing parsley, which is notoriously slow to germinate. It must be sown on *Good Friday before noon; its roots go seven (or nine) times down to Hell and back before any shoots appear; it will only grow where the …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • parsley — n. a biennial herb, Petroselinum crispum, with white flowers and crinkly aromatic leaves, used for seasoning and garnishing food. Phrases and idioms: parsley fern a fern, Cryptogramma crispa, with leaves like parsley. parsley piert a dwarf annual …   Useful english dictionary


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