The ancestors of the name Pursloe date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Pursloe family lived 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 Pursloe family
The surname Pursloe 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 Pursloe family
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Pursloe Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Pursloe are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pursloe include: Purslow, Purseglove, Purselove, Pursley, Pursly and others.
Early Notables of the Pursloe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pursloe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pursloe 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.