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From Old French Perceval, name of a knight in a twelfth century Arthurian romance by the French poet Chrétien de Troyes. Shaped like Old French percier (pierce) + val (valley), but probably representing some Gaulish or Old Welsh name, possibly related to Welsh Peredur, from ber (spear, lance), from Proto-Celtic *beru (spit) + dur (hard metal, steel) (see Latin durus). Cognate with German Parzival and Parsifal.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɜː(ɹ)sɪvəl/

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male given name from the Celtic languages.
  2. A patronymic surname​.


  • 1953 Agatha Christie, A Pocket Full of Rye, page 20:
    Lancelot Fortescue! What a name! And what was the other son - Percival? He wondered what the first Mrs Fortescue had been like? She had a curious taste in Christian names...