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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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The surname Purvis 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.

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


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

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

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Some of the Purvis 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purvis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Purvis, who came to Virginia in 1693

Purvis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Purvis, who settled in Virginia in 1705
  • Sarah Purvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Tho Purvis, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • James Purvis, who came to Rappahannock, VA in 1740
  • James Purvis, who settled in Virginia in 1741
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Purvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas and William Purvis settled in Philadelphia in 1800
  • Thomas and William Purvis, who settled in Philadelphia in 1800
  • James and Jane Purvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1805
  • James and Jane Purvis arrived in Virginia in 1805
  • Jane Purvis, who arrived in America in 1805
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Purvis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Purvis U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Purvis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Purvis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • James Purvis, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Purvis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Purvis, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • George A. Purvis arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • James Purvis, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John Purvis, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Mary Purvis, aged 26, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
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  • William Purvis (b. 1948), American French horn player and conductor
  • William H. Purvis (1858-1950), American investor who first planted the macadamia nut in Hawaii
  • William Purvis (b. 1948), American french horn player
  • Ryan Purvis (b. 1986), American NFL football player
  • Rosalie Purvis (b. 1975), Dutch-born, American theatre director
  • Richard "Irven" Purvis (1913-1994), American organist and composer
  • Neal Purvis (b. 1961), American screenwriter, best known for writing the last five James Bond films
  • Melvin Horace Purvis Jr. (1903-1960), American FBI agent who tracked down Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger
  • Katharine E. Nash Purvis (b. 1909), American lyricist, best known for her "When the Saints Go Marching in"
  • Jim Purvis, American soccer player in the 1920s
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  • The Purvis Family, By George!: the Descendants of George Purvis of Virginia and Their Kin by Virginia J. Murphy.
  • The Purvis Family in Virginia and their Kin by Alice Lee Simpson Oliver.
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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The Purvis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Purvis 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.

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