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What does Purcell mean?

Purcell \p(u)-rce-ll, pur-cell\ as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the name Purcell means "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. Unique as a given name for boys.


Purcell has 9 alternative forms via Percival: Parsafal, Parsefal, Parsifal, Perce, Perceval, Percevall, Percey, Percivall and Percy.


Purcell is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1553 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Purcell and corresponding names. Percival and Percy are the popular related forms of Purcell (#unlisted). Adoption of this boy name was at its peak during the years 1880-1889 and is now much less, with the version Percy becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Percival, Percy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Purcell and related baby names outside U.S.