Purvis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Purvis surname is generally thought to have come from the Middle English word "purveys," meaning "provisions," or "supplies;" and as such it was likely an occupational name, for a person responsible for procuring the supplies of a monastery or manor house.

Early Origins of the Purvis family

The surname Purvis was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Purvis family

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Purvis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Purvis, Purves, Purvice, Purvess and others.

Early Notables of the Purvis family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Purvis family to Ireland

Some of the Purvis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Purvis migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purvis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Purvis, who settled in Virginia in 1693
Purvis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Purvis, who settled in Virginia in 1705
  • Sarah Purvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Tho Purvis, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • James Purvis, who settled in Rappahannock, VA in 1740
  • James Purvis, who settled in Virginia in 1741
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Purvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas and William Purvis, who settled in Philadelphia in 1800
  • James and Jane Purvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1805
  • Jane Purvis, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • James Purvis, aged 38, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [1]
  • William B Purvis, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834 [1]
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Purvis migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purvis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Purvis U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Purvis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Roseanna Purvis, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 13th June 1847 but she died on board [3]

Purvis migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Purvis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Purvis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [4]
  • James Purvis, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Purvis migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Purvis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Isabella Purvis, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mr. George A. Purvis, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [5]
  • Mr. Robert Purvis, (b. 1859), aged 9 days, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. Janet Purvis, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]
  • Mr. James Purvis, (b. 1834), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Purvis (post 1700)

  • Roy L. Purvis, American politician, Mayor of Gainesville, Florida, 1953
  • Ralph Purvis, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Kansas, 1972
  • Melvin Horace III Purvis (1939-1986), American Democrat politician, Minister; Candidate for U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1984
  • Melvin Horace Purvis Jr. (1903-1960), American Democrat politician, FBI agent; Involved in the capture or killing of outlaws in the 1930s, including John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Charles B. Purvis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1880
  • Harry H. Purvis, American politician, Representative from New York 4th District, 1962
  • Charles Purvis, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Shrewsbury, Missouri, 2010
  • C. H. Purvis, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Arkansas, 1896
  • Albanus C. Purvis, American politician, Representative from Ohio 11th District, 1906
  • William Purvis (b. 1948), American French horn player and conductor
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Purvis family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. William R. Purvis, American Fireman Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 93)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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