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In Wolfram von Eschenbach's Percival epic, the Arthurian hero got the name Percival because he was born very shortly after the news of his father's death reached his mother, who felt like the pain caused by sorrow was piercing right through her. Thus the name Percival, "to pierce the valley".
― Anonymous User  7/6/2005
Percival is the 1st middle name of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.
claraelizabethann  4/15/2006
I LOVE THIS NAME! Everyone thinks it's really old and not cool, but when shortend to Percy, best name ever! I will so name my kid Percy!
― Anonymous User  9/13/2006
I don't like either Percival or Percy and wouldn't give either name to a child. Both names are old grandad type names and Percy was more popular than Percival in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Also, the names have two separate origin, but Percival is often shortened to Percy, just like Harry is a pet form of both Harold and Henry, but originally came from the latter.  3/5/2007
Well, I like how this name looks on paper, but I can't say it's one of my favorites. I see whoever has this name as being a kind of effeminate guy (not gay, mind you), who will probably get teased a lot during his school years. As for the nickname Percy, I don't know. It makes me think of that one train from "Thomas the Train Engine". Any here remember that show? Good times, good times.
Georgia_kh  4/11/2007
Yea, I remember that show. Percy was the green one, right?

Ha. Now actually on the subject of the name. I don't like it that much. But it Could Be Worse (tm).
― Anonymous User  4/20/2007
I know it is Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore's name, but there is another character who's FIRST name is Percival - that darned Percy Weasley. At least, that's what many fan sites say.
DontDissMadison  5/18/2007
Percy Weasley's FULL first name is listed as Percy, NOT Percival, whereas in the same chapter Dumbledore's middle name is revealed Percival. Percy is often used as a nickname for Percival, but it is ALSO a totally independent English name, derived from the Percy surname.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2007
In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a very small little'un is named Percival. He recites his (very long) name and address constantly, but by the end, when the ship comes, all he can remember is his first name, Percival.

This is one of my favourite names. I don't think it sounds weak or stuffy.
Spider from Mars  6/22/2007
After reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows today, I know that Albus Dumbledore's father was called Percival.
DontDissMadison  7/21/2007
Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox is JD's unwilling mentor on the sitcom 'Scrubs'; he's played by John C. McGinley.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2007
There was a cartoon character from the '30s (I think) called "Percival Prissyfeather," at least by the host (Fred Sayles) of a '50's children's program called "Junior Frolics." (I don't think that was the character's original name, if he had one.) He was a tall, effeminate bird who sang "Listen to the Mockingbird."
Kosta  4/8/2008
I can't imagine anyone using this name on a child today. It's very old-fashioned, and not very pleasant-sounding either.
slight night shiver  5/2/2008
When I hear Percival I think:
Firstly, the knight of the round table that found the Holy Grail. Sir Percival Blakeny from the Scarlett Pimpernel, Percy for short, Percy Weasly and Albus Percival Dumbledore. The second bearer is my favorite :)
Although the knight is cool too. It is an odd name with cool bearers (with the Percy Weasly exception).
yohevid  8/2/2008
Percival Fraulein, "Swordsman of Gale" is a character in Suikoden III. He is one of the Zexen Confederacy's Six Mighty Knights. Perci's a lady's man.
Jilliacrates  9/17/2008
When I hear this name, I picture a fat black cat. Apart from this website being a name database that's more suitable for people; it would be cute to have two black cats named Salem and Percival.

On the other hand, however, it is a classical name and I would consider it for a character, but for a child, no.
_0TophasNails_1  10/23/2008
Percival has a somewhat 'pervy' ring to it!
kay1987  11/21/2008
I love Percival, it sounds so handsome! I would use this with the nickname Perry.
Chanel  1/26/2009
This is the name of my favorite Arthurian knight, so of course I love this name! I think it befits a well-mannered gentleman. I would, of course, consider naming a son this. I would not, however, use any nicknames, because that defeats the purpose of this extremely beautiful name.
Anthroponomastics  5/27/2009
I thought the name was from the Arabic parsi fal -wise fool -Wagner used Parsifal in his opera about the Holy Grail where the prophecy was that only a wise fool could redeem Montsalvat from its corruption.
Anton  3/9/2010
I think Percival on the whole sounds great... but the nicknames Percy and Perce (which sounds like "purse") kill it. Which is why I prefer the original Welsh name Peredur.
erb816  8/11/2010
Beautiful name! Beautiful nicknames as well!
ClassicalNames  3/31/2011
Percival was the name of Steve Tracy's character on "Little House on the Prairie".
― Anonymous User  12/22/2011
William Percival Harvin III, aka Percy Harvin, is a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, former wide receiver for 2 National Championship Florida Gator teams.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2012
Sounds really stuffy and snobby to me.
― Anonymous User  2/2/2013
Hi there. I live in Brazil, I'm called Percival and I'd like to add that "Perci" is a very common diminutive in Portuguese (on par with "Percy" in English). Cheers.
percivalpc  2/26/2013
Preppy, pompous, snobbish, richy-rich type of name.
ThatMazerunnerfan  9/10/2014
Percival is a hot, hot, SEXY name! It's absolutely PERFECT for a guy! ^_^
― Anonymous User  11/9/2014
This name is great, actually:

Kid goes by Perry
Teenager goes by Pierce
Adult goes by Perry/Pierce

And his legal name, Percival, makes potential employers think his parents sent him to private school for K-12 instead of sending him to the U.S.'s utterly horrible public schools.
adamconoverrules  12/15/2015
Awesome name.
Bucker  5/20/2016
Percival "Percy" is the given name of Percival Frederickstein Von Musel Klossowski De Rolo III in the web series Critical Role, played by Taliesin Jaffe.
meganmichele  11/1/2016

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