Purves Family History

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Purves Name Meaning

Scottish: variant spelling of Purvis.

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


Similar surnames: Purks, Purvis, Burnes, Burkes, Parvis, Perkes, Purse, Surles, Burges

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Purves Family Origin

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Purves Family Occupations

What did your Purves ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Purves family was Milliner. The most common Purves occupation in Canada was Dressmaker. 15% of Purves's were Dressmakers. Dressmaker, School Teacher and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Purves.

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  • Dressmaker

    15%
  • School Teacher

    15%
  • Farmer

    10%
  • Milliner

    10%

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

Purves Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Purves. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Purves 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Purves. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Purves. For the veterans among your Purves ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Purves Life Expectancy

What is the average Purves lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Purves life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Purves in 1952 was 53, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Purves

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Purves 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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