"one who pierces the valley"

Percival Origin and Meaning

The name Percival is a boy's name of French origin meaning "one who pierces the valley".

There are several Percivals scattered through the Harry Potter series, which might help transform the old-fangled, fussy 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.

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Percival Rank in US Top 1000

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Percival Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Percival Popularity

Famous People Named Percival

  • Percival Lawrence LowellAmerican businessman and astronomer
  • Percival EverettAmerican novelist
  • Percival Green SpencerEnglish balloonist
  • Percival Leitch HusseyAustralian cricketer
  • Percival DraytonU.S. Navy captain
  • William Percival "Percy" HarvinAmerican football player
  • Troy PercivalAmerican baseball player
  • Neil Percival YoungCanadian singer,songwriter
  • Percival SerleAustralian biographer

Percival in Pop Culture

  • Percivalocelot in Achievement Hunter's "Let's Play Minecraft" series
  • Sir Percivallegendary Knight of the Round Table
  • Sir Percival Blakeneymain character in the "Scarlet Pimpernel" series
  • Sir Percival Glydecharacter in "The Woman in White" (1860) by Wilkie Collins
  • Percival Ignatius "Percy" Weasleycharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledorecharacter in the Harry Potter series and son of Percival Dumbledore
  • Percival Prattwizard poet in the Harry Potter series
  • Percival Gravescharacter in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling
  • Percival Spence Parkscharacter in video game series "Resident Evil"
  • Percival "Perry" Coxdoctor on the TV show "Scrubs"
  • Percival Daltoncharacter on TV's "Little House on the Prairie"
  • Percival Wemys Madisoncharacter in book/movie "Lord of the Flies"
  • Percival C. McLeachvillain in Disney's "The Rescuers Down Under"
  • Mr Percivalpelican in Australian movie "Storm Boy"
  • Percival Pettigrew Pennington Pittcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III "Percy"a character in the Dungeons and Dragons series Critical Role
  • Charles Percival St. Cloudmain character in movie "Charlie St. Cloud"
  • PercivalPolish folk band
  • PercivalBritish aircraft company