Percival

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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 perce (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). Cognate with German Parsifal.

Proper noun[edit]

Percival

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Quotations[edit]

  • 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...