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The Pearsall Family


Members History Genealogy






Pearsall Family DNA Surname Project


Number of Pearsalls By Location


Maps by Family Surname


The History of the Parshall Family from the Conquest of England by William of Normandy, A.D. 1066 to the Close of the 19th Century (1903)


The Parshall Family A.D. 870-1913 (1915)


History and Genealogy of the Pearsall Family in England and America (1928)


Volume I


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The Motive



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This website is dedicated to members of the Pearsall family and extended cousins worldwide (including variant surnames and adoptees), the Pearsall family history, and the Pearsall family genealogy. The website also contains information relating to the Pearsall Family DNA Surname Project which is open to anyone who wants to test or verify their relationship to other Pearsall family members (43-marker male Y-chromosome STR genetic genealogy test). Your participation and support are important.


The purposes of this website are:

-          to help us collectively discover how we are related,

-          to serve as an opportunity to network / reconnect with family members and cousins worldwide, and

-          to memorialize the life of each member of the family (publicly or privately) as they may wish.


The family surname may have evolved over eight hundred years into many surnames, these include:-


Parasol, Parcell, Parcelle, Parcells, Parcoll, Parsell, Parsells, Parsels, Parshall, Parsil, Parsill, Parsils, Parsoll, Parsolls, Pascal, Pashley, Passal, Passaley, Passelew, Pearcall, Pearceall, Pearceaull, Pearsall, Pearsel, Pearsell, Pearsol, Pearsoll, Peartil, Peashall, Peirsol, Perceaull, Persall, Persaul, Persee, Persel, Pershall, Persil, Persils, Persoll, Pertil, Perzel, Peschale, Peshale, Peshall, Pesenschale, Pexsall, Piersol, Piersoll, Piercall, Pierceall, Piersall, Porselly, Purcall, Purcel, Purcell, Purkell, Pursel, Pursel, Pursell, Purshale, Pursley, Purslow, Pussal, and Pysse. Other related ancestral surnames include: Corbeil, Lumley, Suggenhull, Swinnerton, and Swynnerton.


Underlined = more common spelling of the family surname


The Y-STR genealogical DNA test will help confirm whether or not each surname is related and, if related, piece together how they are related.


All of these possibly related surnames (and probably a few others not listed) potentially share a common paternal ancestor from Ålesund, NorwayRollo (Gange Hrolf in Norwegian). Rollo was the Duke of Normandy, France between the years 911 and 932 A.D. (born ~854 A.D., died 932 A.D). Rollo is believed to be the thirty-third generation of a line of Scandinavian / Viking noblemen from Sweden and Norway.


Six generations after Rollo, his descendants resettled to England and shortly thereafter (about seven generations after Rollo in ~1200 A.D.) the Norman family took ownership of the Peshale Manor, now called Pershall near what is today Eccleshall, Staffordshire County, England. The name of the manor thus became the origin of the Pearsall family surname.



Twenty-four generations after Rollo in ~1629, Thomas Pearsall resettled to the English colony in Virginia to start tobacco farming. American Pearsalls can be found throughout the United States, though greatest concentrations are predominately in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Pearsalls in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada probably trace their roots to immigrants from England. More recent migrations also include Canada to South Africa, Australia to California, the United States to Canada, the United States to Finland, and from England to France.



More content will be included over the coming months. Please feel free to contact me; your comments, questions, and participation are welcomed.





Jim Pearsall

July 2006

Houston, TX


Pearsall Family DNA – Surname Project Administrator

Rootsweb/Ancestry Administrator for: Parshall, Pearsall, Peirsol, Persall, Pershall, Peshall, Pierceall, Piersol



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Note:   The Pearsall family website and related surnames project are not-for-profit and self-funded. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the project, a link on the left-hand column is available to fund DNA testing costs.






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