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
Early Origins of the Perceval family
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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Perceval family
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Perceval 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.
Early Notables of the Perceval family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Perceval (1550-1620), English colonist and politician, was eldest son of George Perceval or Percival (1561-1601), a large landed proprietor of Somerset.
John Perceval ( fl.
1550) was a Carthusian author who studied philosophy at both Oxford and Cambridge. Another John Percival (d. 1515?) took... Another 218 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perceval Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Perceval family to Ireland
Some of the Perceval family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Perceval family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- 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
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Perceval Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Ann Perceval, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
- Miss Mary Ann Perceval, (b. 1856), aged 21, Cornish general servant departing on 3rd November 1877 aboard the ship "Gainsborough" going to Marlborough, New Zealand arriving in port on 28th January 1878 CITATION[CLOSE]
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
Contemporary Notables of the name Perceval (post 1700)
- Thomas Perceval (1740-1804), English physician and author, born at Warrington, Lancashire
- Thomas Perceval (1719-1762), English antiquary, son of Richard Percival of Royton Hall, near Oldham, Lancashire
- Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1809-1812), Chancellor of the Exchequer (1807-1812), Leader of the House of Commons (1807-1812)
- Robert Perceval (1765-1826), Irish traveller and writer
- Robert Perceval (1756-1839), Irish physician and chemist, youngest son of William Perceval, born in Dublin, descended from Sir Philip Perceval
- Arthur Philip Perceval (1799-1853), British chaplain to George IV, and continued royal chaplain to William IV and Queen Victoria until his death
- Alexander Perceval (1788-1858), Irish-born, British politician, sergeant-at-arms of the House of Lords, second son of the Rev. Philip Perceval of Temple House, Ballymote, co. Sligo
- John Perceval (1711-1770), English politician, 2nd Earl of Egmont
- John Perceval (1923-2000), Australian artist
The Perceval 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.