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PronouncedPron.PAS-KAL French
pas-KAL German
pahs-KAHL Dutch

Meaning & History

From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant "relating to Easter" from Latin Pascha "Easter", which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) meaning "Passover". Passover is the ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the liberation from Egypt. Because it coincided closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the same Latin word was used for both. The name Pascal can also function as a surname, as in the case of Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher, mathematician and inventor.
Feminine FormsPascale, Pascaline French
Other Languages & CulturesPaskal Bulgarian Pasco Cornish Paškal, Paško Croatian Paschalis Greek Paschal History Pasquale, Pasqualino Italian Paschalis Late Roman Paskal Macedonian Pascual Spanish


Portrait of Blaise Pascal (c. 1691)Portrait of Blaise Pascal (c. 1691)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute