Purver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Purver family

The surname Purver was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

One of the earliest records of the family was John Purvey (c. 1353-1428). He was the reviser of the Wiclifite translation of the Bible. [1]

Early History of the Purver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purver research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1296, 1453, 1590, 1603 and are included under the topic Early Purver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Purver Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Purvis, Purves, Purvice, Purvess and others.

Early Notables of the Purver family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Purver family to Ireland

Some of the Purver family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Purver migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Purver, who landed in Arkansas in 1893 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Purver (post 1700) +

  • Anthony Purver (1702-1777), English translator of the Bible, son of a farmer at Hurstbourne, near Whitchurch, Hampshire


The Purver Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Clarior e Tenebris
Motto Translation: The brighter from previous obscurity.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)


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