OK, here's my theory.
Thre was a Trojan War (circa 1050 BC). The Greeks won and took the Trojan royal families hostage on Lemnos to ensure the good behavior of the returned Helen of Troy.
So the Hittite-speaking Trojans were slowly forced to accept Greek culture and to use their alphabet. Then they fomented trouble for the Spartans by assisting the Corenthians start the city-state of Athens.
So the Trojans had to go. Among other things, through Helen they had a claim on the Spartan throne. Thus, they were shipped off to the ends of the earth which in 900 BC was north central Italy (Umbria) where they eventually establised the Etruscan Empire which peaked about 500 BC with trading colonies all the weay up the Rhone to the Seine and to the new tin-lead mines in what is now Durham. They had groups on the seine (the Parisii) and on the Umber in Britain (Parisi). They were instrumental in the founding of Rome. There were people with the Latin name Priscus and the Greek version of the Etruscan name called Porsenna mentioned often.
During the period 400-100 BC, everybody forgot about the Etruscans who were left behind to comingle with the Celts in Europe and Britian. Then J. Caesar discovered them about 55 BC at what is not Paris (France). Ptolmy noted that they were also in Britain on the (H)Umber (named after the Itilian Ombrone River).
The upper class Parisi retreated from Britain with the Romans in 410 AD, but the common Parisi were left to be overrun by the Angles and Saxons giving rise to names like Pearce, Parkin, Perkin.
Then the Danes and Norse came to Yorkshire and the Parkin became the Parkinson, etc. circa 900 AD.
Then the Normans invaded in 1066 and they were joined by the de Percy (de Percies)who eventually by 1200 had re-established their traditional home in Yorkshire (north of the Humber).
So by now there is about every possible variation on Parisi (including Perez in Spain and Perth in Scotland, not to mention the Peringles, the Pierce, Pearce, Purvis, etc. Of course there were also the Anglo-Saxon Parley, Preston, Praxton, etc.
Then we all theaded for the New World.
This was about 1620 for the Puritans who whrn to New England and the Presbyterians stopt in ireland for a couple of generations before making it to Virginia via Philadelphia circa 1725.
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