The River Parrett runs through Somerset and into the sea at Burnham -on- Sea. My father was born in the area, along
with my ancesters, hence the Parrett name. When in England I travelled the river and researched it's name.It is Olde English,
evolved from Pedrestrem, (1324); Pedridan and Pedredan, and Peret (1223). Parrett meant "Foot of the stream."Before the Normans
came in 1066, people lived in small villages and didn't have last names- "John the baker, George the tailor" being sufficient.
Soon the Normans required last names for taxation, compiling the Domesday Book listings. Many took
the name of the local squire, a nearby river, or even the local pub- the "Swan", or an occupation- Smith or Tanner. The Norman
taxmen often supplied a last name- "John Tall", "John Short", "John Stout," or perhaps "John Whitehead."My ancesters, in Somerset,
became Parretts. The river has bike and walking trails, and a fine scenic Website, which you can click up.