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 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)