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This interesting and unusual surname is a variant form of Purchase which is an English metonymic occupational name for an official, responsible for obtaining the supplies required by a monastery or manor house, so called from the Anglo-Norman French "purchaser" to acquire or buy. It may also come from the Old French word "purchas", pursuit, which was used as a name for messengers and couriers. The surname dates from the late 12th Century, (see below). Geoffrey Purcaz is listed in the "Curia Rolls of Essex", in 1206.

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