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

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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CrystalJoy Says:


Percy is a given name, but some people use it as a nickname for name's like Percival.

MonikerWanderer Says:


God, I adore this name. It's gorgeous.

Leah_ Says:


I loved this when I read it in Lord of the Flies. I had never heard this name before. I had heard "Percy" but I thought it was a given name, not a nickname.

lesliemarion Says:


Anything that gets me to Percy or Perry for a male I love.