Purton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Purton family
The surname Purton was first found in Staffordshire at Perton, a large village and civil parish which has derived its name from 'Pear Town,' referring the a unique pear which grows in the area. The original manor was held by Edward the Confessor and then by the Abbot of Westminster. In turn, the abbey held Perton manor until 1162 when it was granted to Lord William Perton.
The surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Perton, a steward of Westminster Abbey who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.  Later, Ranulph de Perton settled at Tennenhall in Stafford during the reign of King John after 1216.
Purton is a parish, in the union of Cricklade and Wootton-Bassett, hundred of Highworth, Cricklade, and Staple in Wiltshire.  This place dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Puritone in 796. By the time of the Domesday Book, the place name had evolved to be known as Piritone. Again, the meaning of this place is related to pears as it literally means, "pear orchard, or farmstead where pears grow," from the Old English words "pirage" + "tun." 
Early History of the Purton family
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Purton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Perton, Pearton, Purton, Periton, Perriton, Pertond, Prington, Purinton and many more.
Early Notables of the Purton family (pre 1700)
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Purton migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Purton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Purton and Elizabeth Purton, who settled in Boston in 1633
- William Purton, who landed in Virginia in 1663 
- Jane Purton, who settled in New Providence, Rhode Island in 1683
Contemporary Notables of the name Purton (post 1700) +
- William Purton (1784-1825), English stenographer, the earliest known teacher and presumably the inventor of one of the seven systems of stenography now practised by professional shorthand writers; his system is sometimes Richardson's system and Counsell's system
- Zac Purton (b. 1983), Australian horse racing jockey who represented Hong Kong in the World Super Jockey Series in 2012 and later was crowned champion of the Hong Kong Derby in 2015
- Lieutenant Colonel Audrey Irene Purton OBE (1926-2016), British Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal of the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) from 1975 to 1982
- Jared Franklin Purton (1976-2009), Australian-born immunologist who contributed to the understanding of how T cells function
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)