Percivall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Percivall is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Percivall 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.

Early Origins of the Percivall family

The surname Percivall 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]

Important Dates for the Percivall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Percivall research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1089, 1550, 1620, 1561, 1601, 1550, 1515, 1501, 1605, 1647, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1641, 1642, 1661, 1661, 1683, 1748 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Percivall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Percivall Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Percivall family name include Perceval, Percival, Percevale, Percivall and others.

Early Notables of the Percivall 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 the degree of divinity at Oxford about 1501, and became shortly afterwards forty-seventh provincial of the Franciscans in England. Sir Philip Perceval (1605-1647), was an English politician from Tickenham, Somerset. After his father and older brother's death he moved to the family estates in Ireland. "In 1625 he was made keeper...
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Migration of the Percivall family to Ireland

Some of the Percivall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Percivall migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Percivall family to immigrate North America:

Percivall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas and Mary Percivall, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • William Percivall, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • Thomas Percivall, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [2]
  • Andrew Percivall, who landed in South Carolina in 1675 [2]
  • Elizabeth Percivall, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [2]
Percivall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonathan Percivall, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]
Percivall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles F Percivall, who arrived in Maryland in 1842 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Percivall (post 1700)

  • Percivall Pott (1714-1788), English physician and surgeon, one of the founders of orthopedy

Citations

  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
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