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Quick Facts on Parker

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Park-keeper or gamekeeper

Characteristics of Parker

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Parker

Parker finds its roots in England, originally a surname with occupational origins from the Old French “parchier" meaning "park-keeper". A “parchier” was a medieval official in charge of one of the many enclosed preserves or large hunting parks set aside by the king, a member of the nobility or a wealthy landowner (a parchier held a lofty position in society; the “keeper of the park” was an important and dignified trade). Parker is also one of the oldest recorded surnames to surface in England in the 11th century and one of the first established in America in the early 17th century. As a given name, Parker has been in general use for boys since at least the 19th century (1800s) while for girls the name has only been in noticeable circulation since 1999. Today Parker is a favorite baby boy’s name in the United States and Canada. However, in America Parker is considered gender-neutral and, while it’s not as popular for girls as it is for boys, more and more parents are naming their daughters Parker each year.

Popularity of the Name Parker

Parker is a unisex name in America; although it’s quite a bit more popular for boys than for girls (parents are five times more likely to bestow the name on their sons than their daughters). For boys, the name has been in use for over 150 years, but it wasn’t until the late 1990’s that Parker really came into vogue. Although not yet obnoxiously trendy, Parker did manage to earn Top 100 status on the masculine naming charts in 2009 which it’s been able to maintain until today. For girls, the name only debuted in 1999 but continues to demonstrate forward momentum. Clearly, as Parker started to show promise for little boys, some American parents decided to snatch the name away for their daughters. Using unisex names for girls has been an on-going trend in America in the past twenty years, so we expect to see Parker eventually surpass the popularity of her male counterpart sometime in the not-so-distant future. Parker is also a great choice for baby girls and boys of jazz-loving parents, in a nod to the great Charlie Parker (1920-1955).
Popularity of the Unisex Name Parker
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Parker

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Parker

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Parker

    Parker We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Parker.

  • Popular Songs on Parker

    Popular Songs on Parker

    Ms. Parker - a song by Playa [explicit]

    Parker's Band - a song by Steely Dan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Parker

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Parker

    Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Christopher Raschka) - Regardless of whether they've heard of jazz or Charlie Parker, young readers will bop to the pulsating beat of this sassy picture book. In a daring attempt to capture the raw energy of Parker's music, Raschka combines a text that's as lean as a poem and as mean as a blues refrain ("Charlie Parker played be bop. / Charlie Parker played no trombone. / The music sounded like be bop. / Barbecue that last leg bone") with vigorously skewed illustrations gleaming with sly wit. Even the typeface joins in the fun, as italics and boldface strut and swing across the pages. Young and old alike will find this a read-aloud that's hard to resist. And that's no jive. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Parker

    Famous People Named Parker

    Famous People Named Parker - Parker Posey (actress); Parker Stevenson (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Parker

    Children of Famous People Named Parker

    Famous People who Named their Child Parker - Clay Aiken (singer); Joe Diffie (country musician); Rosie O'Donnell (TV personality)

  • Historic Figures

    Parker - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1 Oct 1910 – 23 May 1934) - Bonnie Parker was the celebrated girlfriend of Clyde Barrow, and with him and his gang, participated in a rampage of robbery and murder between 1931 and 1934. Born in Texas, Bonnie, her two siblings and her widowed mother lived with her maternal grandparents. They were reasonably well-off and Bonnie was a good student in school. Before her 16th birthday, however, she dropped out of school and married her boyfriend. The union was short-lived (though never officially dissolved) and Bonnie was working as a waitress when she met Clyde Barrow. She was immediately smitten with him and joined him and his gang without looking back. Without looking much forward, either. Bonnie was 24 years old when she and Clyde died together in a shootout by a police posse, and moved on into legend, helped in no small way by the 1967 portrayal of her by Faye Dunaway in the movie, Bonnie and Clyde.

    Charlie Parker (29 Aug 1920 – 12 Mar 1955) - Charlie Parker was an extremely innovative jazz musician, both as a saxophonist and as a composer, and was an early creative force in the bebop movement. He played with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis (who famously said: “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.”). Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Charlie Parker always considered New York City his true home. In spite of his music making genius and his early successes, “Bird” suffered the consequences of a lifelong heroin addiction, brought about by the introduction to morphine after a youthful automobile accident. Ultimately, this led to his untimely death at the age of thirty-four. His recordings provide an oasis of bliss for his fans; many of them were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Charlie Parker’s life is paid a poignant tribute in Clint Eastwood’s 1988 film, “Bird”.

Personality of the Unisex Name Parker

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Parker

  • No Variations Found.
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