The Surname Database ( says of the surname “Parvin”:

    “This interesting surname is derived from the pet name "Pav", itself coming from the medieval female personal name "Pavia", which may be from the old French "Pavie", meaning peach, plus the diminutive suffix "-in". The female personal name existed in the 13th Century as is evidenced by the following quote from "Valor Ecclesiasticus", for Cumberland. "In the 12th year of King Henry 111 (1228), Radulph, the son of the said William de Bochardy entered to the seignory. His sisters Alice, Pavy and Agnes were his heirs. The name is widespread in Yorkshire, Vincent, son of Vincent Parvin, was christened at Leake, Yorkshire on January 24th 1601, while Thomasin, daughter of Thomas Parvin was also christened at the same place on November 1st 1602. Elizabeth Pavin married John Taylor on February 19th 1620, at Kings Cliffe, Northampton. At St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, London, Elizabeth, daughter of Paul and Elizabeth Purvins, was christened on August 15th 1643. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Parvin, which was dated 1598, Marriage ceremony in Church Records at Leake, Yorkshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.“

Above, we think, is the house in Leake, North Yorkshire, that the Parvins lived in. Certainly the land you can see beyond it is the land they farmed.

Below is St Mary’s Church, Leake, where a number of the Parvins were born, baptised, married, or buried.

We three Paveley sisters, Linda, Irene, and Sheila, through our father are Paveleys from Suffolk, but through our mother we are in a line of Parvins from Motherwell. The Parvins of Motherwell have been researched in detail by our 2nd-cousin Helen Fosbrook, and traced back to the North Yorkshire family mentioned above, that scattered in various directions during the 19th century.

For Helen’s record, and small parts that are ours, of the Yorkshire roots of the Motherwell Parvins, see here. To download her wonderful work on the Parvin family tree, click here

The story lines that are included in these pages are ours and build on the census returns and our mothers recollection of her grandfather, who was the George Parvin born in 1860.

Our grandmother was Christina Corbett, who married John James Parvin in 1918 in Motherwell. Our family was focused on the female side, and as far as we recall, we don’t think that we, the grand children, met another Parvin apart from uncle George, our mother’s brother.

We also didn’t know the Corbett side apart from Uncle Donald and his family. Having only three cousins ourselves, it always surprised us that our mother could be so careless with her cousins. However the young Christina Corbett was told by her father, John Parvin to stay away from his sisters, because “they were always arguing”. We don’t know how serious that was or what was behind it.

Our story starts with the movement from Sheffield to Motherwell, based on our mother’s recollections of things she was told. We also have a closer look at some of those stories. Then we look at the cutlers.

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