The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Pursglove come from when the family resided in Purslow, in Shropshire
. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name
Pussa and the Old English word hlaw.
is a burial mound; in Modern English the word for a burial mound is tumulus, which is derived from Latin. The place-name as a whole means "burial mound of a man named Pussa."
Early Origins of the Pursglove family
The surname Pursglove was first found in Shropshire
at Purslow, a hamlet that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Possalau. The place name is derived from the Old English words personal name
+ hlaw, and literally means "tumulus (mound of earth and stones) of a man called Pussa." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Of interest is a certain Robert Parslow. " It is traditionally said that a military chest of money was left at the house of Robert Parslow, in the town [of Watlington in Oxfordshire], and never afterwards claimed, in consequence of which he bequeathed a liberal donation to the poor of the parish." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pursglove family
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Pursglove Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pursglove has been recorded under many different variations, including Purslow, Purseglove, Purselove, Pursley, Pursly and others.
Early Notables of the Pursglove family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pursglove family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pursglove or a variant listed above: James Pursley settled in Barbados in 1679; David, George, Robert and William Pursley all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870; John Purslow (Purslone) arrived in Philadelphia in 1677.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pursglove (post 1700)
- Robert Sylvester Pursglove (1504-1579), English sixteenth-century bishop