Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Finnish : topographic name from puro ‘creek’, ‘bog’. This name is found mainly in central–western Finland, but also occurs as an ornamental name in southwestern Finland. As an American family name it may also be a shortened form of a longer Finnish compound name such as Hautapuro ‘pit creek’.
  • Italian : from puro ‘pure’, ‘honest’, applied as a personal name, or occasionally a nickname.