family name Parlby is considered by scholars to be of nickname
origin. While the majority of surnames that are derived from a sobriquet or nickname reveal to us some aspect of
the physical appearance of the initial bearer of the name or it may
allude to a characteristic of this person, other nickname family
names make reference to a particular piece of clothing or
favourite article or indeed a favourite colour of the bearer of the name. In the case
of the surname Parlby, this name is derived from the word "Parlebien",
which comes from the French word "parle bien", meaning
"speak well". Varients of the surname Parlby include
Parlien and Parleby.
One of the earliest references in this name or to a variant is a
record of one Elisabeth Parlby and Robert Whitefoote, whose
wedding was celebrated on the 30th January 1636, in Flintham,
Nottingham. Research is of course ongoing and this name may have
been documented even earlier than the date indicated above. The
wedding of Margaret Parlby and Gilbert Cartwright, took place on
the 26th January 1637, in Sutton on Trent, Nottingham. The christening
of Anne Parlby, daughter of Thomas and Ellnor Parlby, took place
on the 26th of February 1639, in Flintham, Nottingham. Another
reference mentions the christening of Daniel Parlby, son of
Samuel and Mary Parlby, which was celebrated on the 1st of May
1723, in St Nicholas Church in Nottingham. The christening of
Benjamin Parlby, son of Richard and Isabella Parlby, took place
on the 7th of September 1755, in North Muskham, Nottingham.
Arms: Quarterly, first and fourth argent, a parrot vert,
second and third argent. Crusily gules, three
talbots heads erased of the last.
Argent (white), symbolizes the moon and denotes
Purity, Innocence, Integrity, Eloquence and
Obedience. Vert (green) denotes Joy.
The charges of the second.
Parle bien - speak well.