Percival Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Civil, Perman, Perna, Merica, Pereira, Percell, Mercil, Perala

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Percival Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Percival. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Percival Family Origin

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Percival Family Occupations

What did your Percival ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Percival family was Farming. The most common Percival occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Percival's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Percival.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Farming


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Percival Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Percival. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Percival census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Percival. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Percival. For the veterans among your Percival ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Percival Life Expectancy

What is the average Percival lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Percival life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Percival in 1947 was 43, and 80 in 2004.

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