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Percival Family History

Percival Name Meaning
from the personal name Perceval, first found as the name of the hero of an epic poem by the 12th-century French poet Crestien de Troyes, describing the quest for the holy grail. The origin of the name is uncertain; it may be associated with the Gaulish personal name Pritorix or it may be an alteration of the Celtic name Peredur (see Priddy). It seems to have been altered as the result of folk etymological association with Old French perce(r) ‘to pierce or breach’ + val ‘valley’.Norman habitational name from either of the two places in Calvados named Perceval.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

439,453 Historical Documents with Percival on Ancestry.com
144,334 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
9,051 Military Records
13,998 Immigration Records
93,884 Census and Voter Lists
178,186 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Percival Families

  • Number of Percival families
     47 - 92
     16 - 46
     1 - 15
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Percival families
     582 - 1,161
     195 - 581
     1 - 194
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Percival families
     17 - 32
     6 - 16
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Percival Family Origin

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Percival Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Percival

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Percival Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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