The surname of PERCIVALL 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 Conquerer. 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. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification. The name is also spelt Perceval and Percivall.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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