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ˈpɜr sə vəlper·ci·val

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  1. Percivalnoun

    A male given name from the Celtic languages.

  2. Percivalnoun

    A patronymic surname.

  3. Etymology: 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 Parzival and Parsifal.


  1. Percival

    Percival (, also written Perceval, Parzival, Parsifal), alternatively called Peredur (Welsh pronunciation: [pɛˈrɛdɨr]), is a figure in the legend of King Arthur, often appearing as one of the Knights of the Round Table. First mentioned by the French author Chrétien de Troyes in the tale Perceval, the Story of the Grail, he is best known for being the original hero in the quest for the Grail, before being replaced in later literature by Galahad.


  1. Percival

    Percival or Perceval is one of King Arthur's legendary Knights of the Round Table. In Welsh literature his story is allotted to the historical Peredur. He is most famous for his involvement in the quest for the grail.

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Percival is ranked #9767 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Percival surname appeared 3,317 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Percival.

    85.1% or 2,824 total occurrences were White.
    8.2% or 275 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 110 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 49 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 19 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of percival in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of percival in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    causing disapproval or protest
    • A. sought
    • B. hatched
    • C. obnoxious
    • D. handsome

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