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What does Parker mean?

Parker Pronunciation of Parker as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Parker) is pronounced PAR-ker. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Parker is "park keeper". Occupational name used as surname, and popular in the 19th century as a given name. Actor Parker Stevenson; musician Charlie Parker; historian Francis Parkman.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, park (tree), keeper (defender), occupational, surname, popular (famous), 19th century


VARIANTS Parke, Parkes, Parkman, Parks



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How popular is Parker?

Parker is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#878 out of 1220, Top 72%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#51 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Parker reached its peak rank of #72 in the U.S. in 2015, and is presently at #96. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Parker name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Parker outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Parks is the only other popular varying form of Parker (#96 FROM CURRENT RECORDS). Adoption of these relations of Parker was at its most widespread 5 years ago (MEDIAN #1037) and is somewhat lower today (#1048, DOWN 26%). Parker has generally been a favorite of parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Parker, Parks in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Parker outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Baker, Barber, Barker, Carter, Carver, Farmer, Farrer, Garner, Harken, Harper, Jerker (see Eric), Markel, Markey, Marmer, Packer, Packert, Packey, Palmer, Parken, Parkin, Parnel, Parr, Parrey, Parvez, Porter, Walker and Warner. These names tend to be less commonly used than Parker.

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