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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pars"ley
An aromatic umbelliferous herb (Carum Petroselinum), having finely divided leaves which are used in cookery and as a garnish.

Etymology: OE. persely persil, F. persil, L. petroselinum rock parsley, Gr. petrose`linon; pe`tros stone + se`linon parsley. Cf. Celery

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  1. Aromatic herb with flat or crinkly leaves that are cut finely and used to garnish food
  2. Annual or perennial herb with aromatic leaves

From Old French peresil, from Latin petroselīnum, from Ancient Greek πετροσέλῑνον (petrosélīnon, “parsley”), from πέτρος (pétros, “rock, stone”) + σέλῑνον (sélīnon, “celery”).

  1. (countable, uncountable) A bright green, biennial herb, Petroselinum crispum or Petroselinum neapolitanum having either flat or curled leaves.
  2. (uncountable) The leaves of this plant used in Middle Eastern, European, and American cooking.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Parsley

Rod Parsley is a cleric. He holds the title Senior Pastor and World Harvest Church. Rod was born on January 13th, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.


Ambrosia Parsley is an alternative rock musician. She has been prominent since 1999.



Neil Parsley is a soccer player for the Witton Albion F.C., Leeds United F.C., Chester City F.C., Huddersfield Town A.F.C., Doncaster Rovers F.C., West Bromwich Albion F.C., Exeter City F.C., and Guiseley A.F.C. Neil was born on April 25th, 1966 in Liverpool, England.


Lea was born on June 12th, 1968 in Logan, West Virginia, U.S.



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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Parsley U.S.
  White 91.58% 64.26%
  African American 3.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.35% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.35% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.30% 16.26%

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People with the last name Parsley are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Parsley

  • How Popular is the name Parsley? As a last name Parsley was the 5,508th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Parsley? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Parsley was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Parsley: Your name in reverse order is Yelsrap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Raypsel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Parsley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,315 people with the last name Parsley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Parsley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Parsley as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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