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