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Purcell Family History

Purcell Name Meaning
English, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘piglet’ (Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps affectionate in tone. This is a common surname in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century.

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

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Name Distribution of Purcell Families

  • Number of Purcell families
     262 - 521
     88 - 261
     1 - 87
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Purcell families
     250 - 498
     84 - 249
     1 - 83
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Purcell families
     29 - 56
     10 - 28
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Purcell Family Origin

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Purcell Immigration Information

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Purcell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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