Meaning and name origin
Purcell \p(u)-rce-ll, pur-cell\ as a boy's name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Purcell is "pierce the vale". Purcell is a variant of Percival (Old French): invented by a medieval poet in the 12th century for one of King Arthur's knights.
Purcell is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1553 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Purcell and its source form. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Percival. (2014 statistics).