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English (chiefly West Midlands): habitational name from any of various places called Parton; most are named with Old English peretun ‘pear orchard’ (a compound of pere ‘pear’ + tun ‘enclosure’, with later change of -er- to -ar-, a regular phonetic development in Middle English). There are examples in Gloucestershire, two in Cumbria, and one in Kircudbrightshire, Scotland.