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The name Purifoy is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Purifoy was a Norman name used for a man of true faith. The name was originally derived from the Old French pure-foy, meaning one who was staunch and true.

Purifoy Early Origins



The surname Purifoy was first found in Leicestershire 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.

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Purifoy Spelling Variations


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Purifoy Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Purefoy, Purefield, Purefree, Purefrey, Purfrey, Purfry and many more.

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Purifoy Early History


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Purifoy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purifoy research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1649, and 1659 are included under the topic Early Purifoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Purifoy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Purifoy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Purifoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Purifoy In Ireland


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Purifoy In Ireland



Some of the Purifoy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Purifoy name or one of its variants: Lieutenant Purfrey who settled in Virginia in 1623; Lucy Purefoy, who settled in Virginia in 1629; Samuell Purefoy, who came to St. Christopher (New England) in 1633.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Purifoy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Purifoy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 September 2014 at 09:37.

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