Purl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Purl family

The surname Purl was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1259 when Henry and Reginald Perle held a family seat in Oseney in that shire.

Early History of the Purl family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purl research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Purl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Purl Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Perle, Pearl, Pearle, Pear, Parl, Perl, Purl, Purle, Pearlman, Perlman and many more.

Early Notables of the Purl family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Purl family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Purl (post 1700) +

  • George Clark Purl, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1928, 1940 (alternate)
  • Linda Purl (b. 1955), American actress and singer, best known for her role as Charlene Matlock, Ben Matlock's daughter in the first season of Matlock

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