Last name: Purvis

This unusual and interesting name is of early medieval origin and is found particularly in the northern counties of England and in Scotland. It is a metonymic occupational name for the appointed official who was responsible for obtaining the supplies needed for a monastery or manor house, a 'purveyor'. The derivation is from the Middle English word 'purveys' meaning 'provisions', 'supplies', from the verb 'purvey(en)' in Olde French 'porveoir', to provide, supply. The ultimate derivation is from the Latin 'providence', to foresee, anticipate. The modern surname has a number of variant forms, Purvis, Purves, Purvess and Purvey. Ann Purvis and Cornelius Butler were married on the 20th July 1687 at St. Katherine's by the Tower, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Purveys, which was dated circa 1214, The Book of St. Mary's, Melrose, during the reign of King William, The Lion of Scotland, 1165 - 1214. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Dallas purvis

I'm a purvis from Lexington nc

jaliel purvis

i am a purvis i live in gibson

Kathryn purvis

My great grandfather came to Australia from Dublin Ireland where he had a cobbler shop. They came here somewhere around 1904-1908. I think his name was Joseph. The family then had trading stores and farms around Warwick, Allora, Grantham and I think also Killarney in Queensland. Wondering if anyone knows any other info I can look into..... Thx

terrica purvis
my family of Purvis's is in Texas and im in Cali

Hilton Purvis
I am in Georgia. Latest we can trace back to is Thomas In 1704. Johnstown NC. then they (most) came to Georgia

william henry purvis

Wonder if Thomas came about the same time as Robert Purvis and Robert stayed here near Siler City on Blood Run Creek?

My family of Purvis's originated inNorth East Yorkshire,where there are a few Purvis's,my brother David went to live in Australia,had three sons ,and they had sons,so the Purvis name in Oz is well and truly established,me? I have one son and no Grand kids yet,but his girlfriend is Japanese,so maybe one day Japan will have a few Purvis's,I always thought that Purvis meant " seller( purveyor) of fish,as my kin in Yorkshire were fishermen,hence Pur( fish) Purfish.:- PURVIS. Hail all you Purvis's out there!

Anna Rhodes
My mother was a Purvis from Newcastle, England.

terrica purvis
i am a purvis and my family is from crockett texas but i live in cali now

Julie M. Purvis
I was a Purvis until I married. My Grandfather was Marvin Douglas Purvis from Somerset KY. He passed away in 1975. As far as I know my line ends with me and my sister as our father had no sons. Interested in any information that I can get on my family name. My Grandmother passed away in 2001 and there is no information on this side of my family.

Marla T. Purvis
I am a Purvis through slavery

terrica purvis
im a purvis and i live n texas

Elizabeth Purvis
My great-grandfather, Thomas M. Purvis, of Purvis, MS, died in 1918 during the Spanish Flu epidemic. My grandfather, Thomas M Purvis, moved back with his mother, Ora Elmo Wilson Purvis, to Guntown, MS, where he was raised. We know very little of my great-grandfather's family in Purvis, MS. Does anyone have any information on them?

Patrick L Purvis
I'm a Purvis, I live in Texas, but most of my family is in Indiana and Kentucky

Farley Purvis
Hi Patrick. My name is Farley Purvis and my family is from Bath county, KY. My Father was called Ace and his brothers were Jim, Carl, Victor and Stanley. They lived in Indiana except for Victor who lived in Michigan. A lot of the Purvis family moved to Ontario, CA. We could be related! My e-mail is if you want to contact me.

Jessica L. Purvis
I'm a Purvis, my father is LeRoy the 4th. Our family is spread throughout Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Jason purvis
I'm a purvis from Mississippi I'm an ancestor of Melvin purvis the original FBI G man who was also born in Mississippi. There is also a purvis, MS. it's a small rural town in southeast MS

Joseph Purvis
Melvin was my Great Uncle, Grandfathers brother or brother's son or something like that. I never knew that part of our family much but my grandfather did and used to tell us stories. I live in NC and my family is from there as well.

Joseph Purvis
I believe Melvin was from South Carolina, at least thats what I was always told.

Joseph Purvis
I was also told that our family came from Greece and that Purvis is a shortened version of our name that actually ended in "opolis" ... MY grandfathers name was Xenophone Xerxes Purvis , I am almost certain that is not Scottish .... lol

Jason and Joseph....My name is Jon Purvis. #rd cousin to Melvin. Melvin was actually born in Timmonsville, South Carolina to Melvin Sr. I'm from Wilmington, NC and my immidiate family has a sizeable farm West of Wilmington that used to be a plantation back in the day. My father remembers Melvin coming up to the property to see my great grandmother who lived in a cabin that was also on the property separate from my grandparents residence. I have actually had correspondence with Alton Purvis, Melvin's son. He is a professor at a college up North. The Melvin Purvis lineage settled originally in the up SC lower NC areas around Florence and Marion SC to Fair Bluff, Cerro Gordo and further up in NC. Ther is also a Purvis, NC which is nothing but an OOOOLLLLDDDD farming community. Purvis is actually Scottish a derivative of the French and English words purveoir and purveys which means purveyor (someoine resonsible for obtaining supplies, as indicated above. Records show the name Purvis coming to the colonies and North America as early as the 1600s. As far as the Melvin Purvis Lineage my father, brothers and I have done extensive research traveling to SC and other places following records trails. We have been able to trace our line of Purvis, to include Melvin, as far back as the mid to late 1700s. I could go on more, but i will leave it at that. I hope you find the information useful and enjoyable Respectfully Jon

My fault guys I did not realize this thing did not recognize number. Melvin Horace Purvis is my third cousin. My grandfather new him and my dad saw him and met him a couple of times as I indicated in my post above.


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Austin James Purvis
Im a purvis in Canada

Bruce Purvis
Bruce Purvis from Australia, we came from Ireland many moons ago

Kelani Purvis
I am a Purvis and I live in the US

Benjamin Rayburn Purvis

Judy Hardin Rose McGuire
My ancester was William Purvis who came to Virginia from Barbados. Anyone else?