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Perceval is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Perceval family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Perceval family lived in Somerset. The name, however, is a reference to one of two towns named Percevill, in Calvados, Normandy, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Perceval Early Origins



The surname Perceval was first found in Somerset. "Robert, Lord of Breherval, in Normandy, and his son Ascelin Gouel de Percival, both fought under the Norman banner at Hastings, and both obtained many extensive manors in the conquered country. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

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Perceval Spelling Variations


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Perceval Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Perceval have been found, including Perceval, Percival, Percevale, Percivall and others.

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Perceval Early History


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Perceval Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perceval research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1089, 1661 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Perceval History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Perceval Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Perceval Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perceval Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Perceval In Ireland


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Perceval In Ireland



Some of the Perceval family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Perceval were among those contributors:

Perceval Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Perceval, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Charles Perceval, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1896

Perceval Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Perceval, aged 46, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Robert Perceval, aged 36, who landed in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1909
  • Percival James Perceval, aged 41, who settled in America from Banstead, Essex, England, in 1913
  • Chester Perceval, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Eaton, England, in 1914
  • Ellanor Perceval, aged 37, who emigrated to America from Eaton, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Perceval Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Perceval, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Perceval (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Perceval (post 1700)



  • Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), English politician, Prime minister (1809-1812)
  • John Perceval (1711-1770), English politician, 2nd Earl of Egmont
  • John Perceval (1923-2000), Australian artist
  • Alexander Perceval (1788-1858), British politician

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sub cruce candida
Motto Translation: Under the white cross.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  11. ...

The Perceval Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perceval Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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