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Purves Early Origins



The surname Purves 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.

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Purves Spelling Variations


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Purves Spelling Variations



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

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Purves Early History


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Purves Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purves research. Another 380 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1296, 1453, 1590, and 1603 are included under the topic Early Purves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Purves Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Purves Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Purves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Purves In Ireland


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Purves In Ireland



Some of the Purves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purves Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Purves, who arrived in America in 1700

Purves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Purves, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Purves, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew Purves, who landed in New York in 1825
  • John Purves, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Alexander and William Purves, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Purves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Purves, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Purves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Purves arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Purves (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Purves (post 1700)



  • Dale Purves (b. 1938), American neurobiologist
  • William Purves, Scottish rugby union player from 1912-1913
  • Sir William "Willie" Purves CBE, GBM (b. 1931), the first Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • Della Purves (1945-2008), Scottish botanical artist
  • Jane Purves (1950-2013), Canadian politician and newspaper editor for the Halifax Chronicle Herald
  • James Hamilton Purves (b. 1947), former English cricketer
  • Christopher Purves, contemporary English bass-baritone
  • William Michael "Bill" Purves (1870-1900), Irish professional footballer
  • John Purves (b. 1968), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • Elizabeth Mary "Libby" Purves OBE (b. 1950), English radio presenter, journalist and author
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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    The Purves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Purves Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 September 2016 at 18:50.

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