Meaning and Name Origin
Pernell \p(e)-rne-ll, per-nell\ as a boys' name is pronounced per-NEL. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Pernell is "country bumpkin". Also possibly related Peter via the Greek "petros", meaning "stone". Made familiar in the 1960s by actor Pernell Roberts. See also Parnell.
Pernell has 23 related forms via Parnell, Peter: Boutros, Par, Parnel, Parrnell, Peder, Pedro▼, Pekka, Per, Petar, Pete▼, Peterson, Petr, Petre, Petros, Petrov, Pierce▲, Piero, Pierre▼, Piet, Pieter, Pietro, Piotr and Pyotr.
Pernell is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#8802 out of 88799, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Pernell for boys. Pernell was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #790 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Pernell and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Pernell rated in the Top 1000 are Pedro (#354 the previous year), Per, Pete, Peter (#204), Pierce (#470), Pierre and Pietro. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during 1900-1909 and has become significantly lower since, with the versions Pedro, Pete and Pierre becoming less stylish. Pierce (#470) is the most chic name for newborns among these, with this name going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Vernell. Like Pernell, this name is not commonly used.