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Purchase Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for an official responsible for obtaining the supplies required by a monastery or manor house, from Anglo-Norman French purchacer ‘to acquire or buy’ (Old French pourchacier, from chacier ‘to chase or catch’ + the intensive prefix p(o)ur, Latin pro).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Chase, Purvis, Purse, Burcham, Porche, Burchard, Lucas, Turnham

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Purchase Family Origin

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Purchase Family Occupations

What did your Purchase ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Purchase occupation in the USA was Farmer. 52% of Purchase's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Purchase family was Confectionary & Notions. Farmer, Laborer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Purchase.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith

  • Confectionary & Notions


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Purchase ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Purchase Historical Records

What Purchase family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Purchase. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purchase census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Purchase. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Purchase. For the veterans among your Purchase ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Purchase Life Expectancy

What is the average Purchase lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Purchase life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Purchase in 1959 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Purchase

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Purchase ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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