Purvis Family History

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Purvis Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English (Northumberland and Durham): probably from Middle English purveys ‘provisions’, ‘supplies’ (from Middle English purvey(en), Old French porveoir ‘to provide, supply’), hence a metonymic occupational name for an official responsible for obtaining supplies for a monastery or manor house.

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

Similar surnames: Curtis, Chevis, Paris, Parrish, Duris, Purdin, Levis, Parris, Purves

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Purvis Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Purvis name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Purvis. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Purvis Family Origin

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Purvis Family Occupations

What did your Purvis ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Purvis family was Laborer. Farmer, Farming and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Purvis. The most common Purvis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Purvis's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer


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Purvis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Purvis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purvis 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Purvis. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Purvis. For the veterans among your Purvis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Purvis Life Expectancy

What is the average Purvis lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Purvis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Purvis in 1942 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Purvis 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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