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The name Purnell arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Purnell family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
The surname Purnell was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Wickwar from very ancient times. Wickwar was shown in the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066. The holder of Wickwar at this time is not known to us but we do know that the Queen gave the village to Humphrey the Chamberlain.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Purnel, Purnell, Pernel, Pernell and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purnell research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Purnell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Purnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Purnell or a variant listed above:
Purnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Purnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Purnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Purnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Purnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Purnell 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.
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