The surname of PERCIVAL was a locational name 'one who came from Perceval' from France. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The earliest of the name on record appears to be PERCIVALE (without surname) who was recorded in the year 1086 in County Essex. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday book. Other records of the name mention John Percival of London who was recorded in 1372. Percyucllus Densax of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Percival Soudan of Wales was documented in the year of 1414.
Thomas Warburton and Sally Parsivall were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1776.
Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child.
The English Prime Minister Spencer Percival (1762-1812) who was assassinated in the House of Commons, was born into a powerful landowning family in County Cork, Ireland, the grandson of the 1st Earl of Egmont.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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