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What does Purcell mean?

Purcell [pur-cell] as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the name Purcell means "pierce the vale". Purcell is a variant form of Percival (Old French) with the prefix Pu-.


Purcell has 4 alternative forms via Percival: Perce, Perceval, Percevall and Percey.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Percell, Pricell, ..

(female) Purcelli, Purnel, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Percival is the only popular related form of Purcell (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of this relation of Purcell was more pronounced among parents a century ago. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Purcell and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Percival in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Adriell, Airyell (see Ariel), Ancell, Ardell, Ariell, Arnell, Aryell, Bertell (see Berthold), Birchell, Buell, Burchell, Burnell, Burrell, Cardell, Carvell, Cordell, Cornell, Coryell, Curtell, Darcell, Dariell, Darnell, Darvell, Derell, Dorrell, Durell, Durrell, Euell, Ferrell, Gardell, Gerrell, Gorrell, Harrell, Harwell, Jarell, Jarrell, Jarvell, Jerell, Jerrell, Jorell, Kornell, Kyrell, Larell, Larnell, Lornell (see Lorne), Marcell, Martell, Marvell, Marzell, Maurell, Merrell, Morell, Morrell, Norvell, Norwell, Orvell (see Orville), Parnel, Parnell, Parrnell, Pernell, Poriel, Powell, Purves, Rancell, Russell, Sorrell, Terell, Terrell, Tirell, Tirrell, Tyrell, Tyrrell, Vernell, Verrell and Wardell. These names tend to be more frequently used than Purcell.