Purinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Purinton family
The surname Purinton was first found in Staffordshire at Perton, a large village and civil parish which has derived its name from 'Pear Town,' referring the a unique pear which grows in the area. The original manor was held by Edward the Confessor and then by the Abbot of Westminster. In turn, the abbey held Perton manor until 1162 when it was granted to Lord William Perton.
The surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Perton, a steward of Westminster Abbey who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.  Later, Ranulph de Perton settled at Tennenhall in Stafford during the reign of King John after 1216.
Purton is a parish, in the union of Cricklade and Wootton-Bassett, hundred of Highworth, Cricklade, and Staple in Wiltshire.  This place dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Puritone in 796. By the time of the Domesday Book, the place name had evolved to be known as Piritone. Again, the meaning of this place is related to pears as it literally means, "pear orchard, or farmstead where pears grow," from the Old English words "pirage" + "tun." 
Early History of the Purinton family
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Purinton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Perton, Pearton, Purton, Periton, Perriton, Pertond, Prington, Purinton and many more.
Early Notables of the Purinton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Purinton family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Purton and Elizabeth Purton, who settled in Boston in 1633; Jeremy Perton, a servant sent from Bristol to the Foreign Plantations in 1660; John Perton, who arrived in Virginia in 1682.
Contemporary Notables of the name Purinton (post 1700) +
- Horace Purinton, American Republican politician, Mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1905
- David B. Purinton, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Coldwater, Michigan, 1861-66
- ? Purinton, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1910
- Dale Purinton (b. 1976), American former NHL hockey player, current head coach of the Kerry Park Islanders of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League
Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)