What does Purcell mean?
Purcell /pur-cell/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the name Purcell means "pierce the vale". Purcell is a variant transcription of Percival (Old French). Pursell is a conventional surname.
How popular is Purcell?
Purcell is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1517 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Percival and Percy are the popular related forms of Purcell (outside Top 1000) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5215%) and is now much less, with the version Percy becoming less fashionable. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Purcell and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)