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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.

Purkiss Early Origins



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.

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Purkiss Spelling Variations


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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.

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Purkiss Early History


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Purkiss Early History



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.

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Purkiss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Purkiss Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Purkiss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Purkiss (post 1700)



  • Benjamin John "Ben" Purkiss (b. 1984), English footballer
  • Edwin Maurice "Eddie" Purkiss (b. 1934), Australian rugby union player
  • Melanie Purkiss (b. 1979), British Commonwealth Games athlete
  • William Morton Purkiss (1844-1906), Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1901 to 1904
  • Farryl Purkiss (b. 1980), South African singer-songwriter

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Purkiss Historic Events


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Purkiss Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Cecil Edward Purkiss (1916-1941), Australian Wireman from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    11. ...

    The Purkiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Purkiss 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 15 October 2015 at 15:43.

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