Purkiss is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. It is a name for a messenger or herald.
Purkiss is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Purkiss family
The surname Purkiss was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
from very early times, descended from a Norman noble "Perahgoz" meaning "bear-Goth"and were granted lands in Kent
by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Purkiss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purkiss research.Another 465 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1100, 1190, 1497, 1498, 1575, 1626 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Purkiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Purkiss Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Purchase, Purchas, Purchass, Purches, Purchis, Purkiss, Purkess, Purkis, Purkeys, Purkys, Purkes and many more.
Early Notables of the Purkiss family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Purchas, Lord Mayor of London (1497 to 1498); Samuel Purchas (1575?-1626), was an English cleric and travel writer. His "Purchas his Pilgrimage" was... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Purkiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Purkiss family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Purkiss or a variant listed above were:
Purkiss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Florence Purkiss, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
- Nellie Purkiss, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Kildary, Scotland, in 1909
- Alfred Purkiss, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
- Nellie Purkiss, aged 35, who settled in America from Ross-shire, Scotland, in 1915
- Henry Thomas Purkiss, aged 66, who settled in America from Camberwell, England, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Purkiss (post 1700)
- Benjamin John "Ben" Purkiss (b. 1984), English footballer
- William Morton Purkiss (1844-1906), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1901 to 1904
- Edwin Maurice "Eddie" Purkiss (b. 1934), Australian rugby union player
- Melanie Purkiss (b. 1979), British Commonwealth Games athlete
- Farryl Purkiss (b. 1980), South African singer-songwriter
Historic Events for the Purkiss family
- Mr. Cecil Edward Purkiss (1916-1941), Australian Wireman from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
The Purkiss Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.