Purser Family History

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Purser Name Meaning

English: from an agent derivative of Middle English purse (see Purse), hence an occupational name for someone who made or sold purses and bags, or for an official in charge of expenditure. Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Sparain ‘son of the purse’, traditionally born by purse-bearers to the Lords of the Isles.

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

Similar surnames: Purse, Turner, Peyser, Puller, Porter, Burger, Busser, Buser, Peiser

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Purser Family Origin

Where is the Purser family from?

Purser Family Occupations

What did your Purser ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Purser occupation in the USA was Farmer. 54% of Purser's were Farmers. Farmer, Farm Laborer and Farms were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Purser. A less common occupation for the Purser family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farms

  • Blacksmith


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

Purser Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Purser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purser 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 Purser. 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 Purser. For the veterans among your Purser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Purser Life Expectancy

What is the average Purser lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Purser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Purser in 1950 was 47, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Purser

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Purser 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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