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Purvis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Scottish


Early Origins of the Purvis family


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.

Early History of the Purvis family


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.

Purvis Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Purvis family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Purvis family to Ireland


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.

Migration of the Purvis family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purvis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Purvis, who settled in 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Tho Purvis, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Purvis, who settled in Rappahannock, VA in 1740
  • James Purvis, who settled in Virginia in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Purvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas and William Purvis, who settled in Philadelphia in 1800
  • James and Jane Purvis, who arrived in Virginia in 1805
  • Jane Purvis, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Purvis, aged 38, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William B Purvis, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Purvis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Purvis U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]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 Canada in the 19th Century

  • Miss. Roseanna Purvis, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 13th June 1847 but she died on board [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 93)

Purvis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Purvis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  • James Purvis, aged 19, a labourer, who 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, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • George A. Purvis, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • James Purvis, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John Purvis, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Mary Purvis, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Purvis (post 1700)


  • Roy L. Purvis, American politician, Mayor of Gainesville, Florida, 1953
  • Ralph Purvis, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Kansas, 1972
  • Melvin Horace III Purvis (1939-1986), American Democrat politician, Minister; Candidate for U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1984
  • Melvin Horace Purvis Jr. (1903-1960), American Democrat politician, FBI agent; Involved in the capture or killing of outlaws in the 1930s, including John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Charles B. Purvis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1880
  • Harry H. Purvis, American politician, Representative from New York 4th District, 1962
  • Charles Purvis, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Shrewsbury, Missouri, 2010
  • C. H. Purvis, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Arkansas, 1896
  • Albanus C. Purvis, American politician, Representative from Ohio 11th District, 1906
  • William Purvis (b. 1948), American French horn player and conductor
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Purvis


  • 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.

The Purvis 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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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 93)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm

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