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Gender: M Meaning of Percival: "one who pierces the valley" Origin of Percival: French

There are several Percivals scattered through the Harry Potter series, which might help transform the old-fangled, effete image it has accrued. Actually, the original Percival was the one perfectly pure Knight of the Round Table, a worthy hero. The name was invented in the twelfth century by a poet named Chretien de Troyes, for his ideal knight in the poem Percevale, a Knight of King Arthur.

Percival is found in other forms of literature as well, including Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, and Tennyson's "Idylls of the King" contains a section devoted to Sir Percival. Wagner transformed the name to Parsifal for his opera.

Percy, which seems like a nickname for Percival but is really a stand-alone Norman place name, is beginning to attract some favorable attention from cutting-edge namers.

Famous People Named Percival

Percival Lawrence Lowell, American businessman and astronomer
Percival Everett, American novelist
Troy Percival, American baseball player
Neil Percival Young, Canadian singer-songwriter
Percival Serle, Australian biographer

Pop Culture References for the name Percival

Percival, ocelot in Achievement Hunter's "Let's Play Minecraft" series
Sir Percival, legendary Knight of the Round Table
Sir Percival Blakeney, main character in the "Scarlet Pimpernel" series
Sir Percival Glyde, character in "The Woman in White" (1860) by Wilkie Collins
Percival Ignatius "Percy" Weasley, character in the Harry Potter series
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, character in the Harry Potter series and son of Percival Dumbledore
Percival Pratt, wizard poet in the Harry Potter series
Percival Spence Parks, character in video game series "Resident Evil"
Percival "Perry" Cox, doctor on the TV show "Scrubs"
Percival, character on TV's "Little House on the Prairie"
Percival Wemys Madison, character in book/movie "Lord of the Flies"
Percival C. McLeach, villain in Disney's "The Rescuers Down Under"
Mr Percival, pelican in Australian movie "Storm Boy"
Percival Pettigrew Pennington Pitt, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Percival, Polish folk band
Percival, British aircraft company

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