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Purnell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Purnell family


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.

Early History of the Purnell family


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Purnell Spelling Variations


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.

Early Notables of the Purnell family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Purnell family to the New World and Oceana


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

  • Richard Purnell, aged 21, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Purnell, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Arthur Purnell, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Purnell, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John, Marg, and Richard Purnell who, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Purnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Purnell, who settled in South Carolina in 1728

Purnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Purnell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1822 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Purnell, aged 22, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Purnell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George and James Purnell, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866 and 1870 respectively

Purnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Purnell, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Contemporary Notables of the name Purnell (post 1700)


  • Louis Rayfield Purnell Sr. (1920-2001), American curator and Tuskegee Airman, the first African-American to become a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters
  • William H. Purnell, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ocean City, Maryland, 1881-91
  • William Henry Purnell (1826-1902), American Republican politician, Maryland state comptroller, 1856-61; Resigned 1861; Postmaster at Baltimore, Maryland, 1861-66; Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; College professor; President, Delaware College, 1870-85
  • Fred Sampson Purnell (1882-1939), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1917-33; Defeated, 1914
  • William C. Purnell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1952, 1960 (alternate)
  • Frank Purnell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1944
  • Charles Purnell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972
  • Rear Admiral William Reynolds Purnell (1886-1955), American Naval officer who captained destroyers during World War I, awarded the Navy Cross and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
  • William Henry Purnell (1826-1902), American politician, Comptroller of Maryland (1856-1861)
  • Russ Purnell (b. 1948), American NFL football coach for the Carolina Panthers
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Purnell


  • Lambie Genealogy by Hugh J. Purnell.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

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