Meaning and Origin of: Purvis

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First name origins & meanings:

  • French : Provide

Last name origin & 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.