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Purse Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English purs(e) (Old English purs) ‘bag sack or pouch’ often specifically ‘money bag purse wallet’ also ‘(royal) treasury the privy purse’ and colloquially a term for the scrotum. Perhaps an occupational name short for pursmaister ‘keeper of the purse’ purser or pursmakere (see Purser ) or a nickname for someone who was mean or generous with money or who displayed his purse in an ostentatious manner. English: variant of Pierce .

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


Similar surnames: Purser, Burse, Furse, Eure, Hurst, Porte, Hulse, Nurse, Puls, Busse

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Where is the Purse family from?

You can see how Purse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Purse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Purse families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Purse families living in South Carolina. This was about 26% of all the recorded Purse's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Purse families in 1840.
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What did your Purse ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Purse. 33% of Purse men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Purse women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Purse were Manager and Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    33%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Manager
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    24%
  • Teacher
    16%
  • Secretary
    12%
  • Waitress
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Purse. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Purse. For the veterans among your Purse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Purse lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Purse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Purse in 1953 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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